UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


UCL Chemical Engineering win Silver Green Impact Award and staff highly commended

21 July 2021

We are delighted to announce that UCL Chemical Engineering has won the Green Impact Silver Award at the UCL Sustainability Awards Ceremony 2021. Dr Alexander Rettie and Dr Massimiliano Materazzi were also highly commended for their work on sustainability.

Green Impact Silver Award for 2021 is awarded to Chemical Engineering

The Green Impact Silver Award has been awarded to UCL Chemical Engineering in recognition of the department's efforts towards sustainability.

This is the first time the Department has received the award for making significant positive changes to how they operate as a Department, at both the Bronze and Silver levels.

Highly commended staff include:

Dr Alexander Rettie, Lecturer in Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage - Highly Commended for Sustainability Education

Image of Alexander Rettie
Alexander created and led intensive week-long projects for UCL Chemical Engineering students. They were introduced to the importance of climate change, the sources of CO2 emissions, and critically analysed current topics like the electrification of transport and industrial battery production. By using real-world data and government targets, Alexander is training the next generation of Chemical Engineers that will be uniquely prepared to usher in the clean economy.

Dr Massimiliano Materazzi, Engineering/RAEng Research Fellow - Highly Commended for Sustainability Research

Research Group Image of Domenico Macri, Stefano Iannello, Dr. Massimiliano Materazzi, Fabio Grimaldi and Alex Sebastiani
Dr Materazzi’s group partnered with Heathrow to test innovative recycling technologies for conversion of plastic waste from airport terminals - including food packaging and plastic film - to high value materials and chemicals. The research showed that chemical recycling offers great opportunities to make polluting sectors, like aviation, more sustainable.

The Department would like to thank the Sustainability Committee for all their efforts this last year in making this possible. We are incredibly proud of all our achievements.