The Consortium

The initial consortium was formed between Cardiff University, Vertellus Specialities and KS Associates. Between now and September 2007 we will be expanding the consortium to cover the full supply chain from biodiesel manufacturing through to downstream manufacturers of products. If you are interested in becoming a consortium member then please Contact Us!

Cardiff University


Professor Graham Hutchings FIChemE FRSC

Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff School of Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Catalysis on renewable feedstocks
  • The study of gold nanocrystals as novel active heterogeneous catalysts and their characterisation under reaction conditions.
  • The design of selective oxidation and hydrogenation catalysts and their study using in situ spectroscopy.
  • The design of enantioselective heterogeneous catalysts, in particular using chirally modified zeolite catalysts

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Vertellus Specialties


Vertellus Specialties

Vertellus is a specialty chemicals company focused on the manufacture of high growth, high-value products to the agricultural, nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care and performance materials markets. The majority of the Company’s annual sales are derived from products that lead their respective markets. Vertellus benefits from a global supply chain, a technologically advanced and flexible global manufacturing base and long-standing, contract relationships with significant blue-chip clients. Vertellus also holds a number of industry trademarks, registrations and patents. Vertellus has approximately 750 employees and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Vertellus UK is a major supplier of monomers and performance enhancers for the plastics and polymer markets, this location also specializes in the production of advanced intermediates for pharmaceutical, agricultural chemicals, and photographic applications. Seal Sands’ key technologies include sulfonation, alkylation, and amination. The site is an ISO9001:2000 certified batch processing facility with six manufacturing plants. The facility also manufactures a range of biocompatible polymers and other life enhancing products with the aim of being the preferred global supplier of chemical specialties that embraces environmentally friendly chemistries, in markets where our products enhance the quality of life by improving crop production yields, human and animal health, life expectancy, wellness and physical properties of materials.

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KS Associates


Dr Keith Simons

Project Management for “The Glycerol Challenge” is provided by KS Associates. Led by their founding associate Dr Keith Simons, they help their clients bring emerging chemical technologies to market. Their services include grant writing and evaluation (DTI and EU Framework 7) and project management of academic-industrial collaborative projects.

If you would like assistance with your own DTI or EU Framework programme submission then visit our website