iCAST is a unique research and development centre established to drive a step-change in the innovation strategies of companies working in green growth.

We are a team of research and innovation experts in sustainable technologies with a track record of working with industry. Our purpose is to bridge the innovation gap by enabling easy investment in R&D, delivering agile business support to bring innovation to market and offering a platform for collaboration and networking for the sector.

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Matthew Davidson is Whorrod Professor of Chemical Sustainable Technologies at the University of Bath. Besides Executive Director of iCAST, he is also Director of the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath and leads the Catalysis for the Circular Economy strand of the UK Catalysis Hub.

Executive Director

Charlotte Williams OBE FRS is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Associate Head of Department (Research) at the University of Oxford. Her work focusses on new sustainable technologies for polymer production and carbon dioxide usage.

Deputy Director

Francesca has worked in project management within the sustainability sector for over 15 years. As iCAST Centre Manager, Francesca manages the overall operational delivery of iCAST to ensure it delivers its strategic objectives.

Centre Manager

Ben has worked as a technician at the University of Bath for over 6 years. As iCAST Specialist Technician, Ben ensures all laboratory operations are running smoothly.

Specialist Technician

Ryan is an iCAST core postdoctoral researcher based in Oxford. His expertise lies in oxygenated polymer synthesis, enantioselective catalysis and small molecule activation.

Core Researcher (Oxford)

Izzy has experience in polymer chemistry research and real-time reaction monitoring. As one of iCAST’s Technology Translators, she carries out specialist research to support the development of sustainable chemical technologies.

Technology Translator (Bath)

Zakir has over seven years of experience in multidisciplinary projects with industry, in particular conducting feasibility studies. He is firmly committed to continuing research on sustainable materials to replace current synthetic formulations in commercial products.

Technology Translator (Bath)

Greg has experience in researching CO2 utilization in oxygenated block polymers, focusing on aspects of catalysis and functional material development. As one of iCAST’s core postdoctoral researchers based in Oxford, he will work on investigating sustainable polymer-biopolymer hybrid materials.

Core Researcher (Oxford)

Ekanem is an experienced chemical engineer with skills in materials science, process scale-up, project management and research commercialisation. He has a wide interest in developing sustainable manufacturing processes and has previously delivered on research projects with industrial partners from the personal care, health and drug delivery sectors.

Technology Translator (Bath)

Strachan has experience in the preparation and analysis of sustainable polymers, including catalyst design, mechanistic analysis of polymerisation reactions, and process optimisation. He has previously collaborated with industry (TotalEnergies Corbion PLA), developing IP in the area of industrially relevant biopolymer production processes.

Technology Translator (Bath)


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