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Innovation Hub

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Innovation News from the School of Chemistry

The BPU provides innovation support to the School of Chemistry and specialises in delivering impact from the School's research portfolio. Information on the School's latest Innovation exploits can be found in the twitter feed below.

The School's latest Innovation exploits can be found in the twitter feed below.

Information on previous knowledge exchange projects supported by the BPU can be found on our Innovation Projects page.



Chemical Analysis at Nottingham


Entrepreneurial and Business Training

Chemical Innovation Laboratory

A key objective of the BPU is to provide training in innovation, business, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial skills for staff and students within the School. This allows them to better understand, engage with and meet the changing needs and challenges of industry and society.

The BPU has pioneered a range of training programmes designed specifically for Chemists in academia and from the Chemical Using Industries. These compliment existing training schemes at University level provided by the Graduate School.


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From the Bench to the Bank

A programme of interactive lectures for students, postdoctoral fellows and staff that describes how to identify innovative technical concepts with commercial potential and the practical mechanisms for progressing these to commercial reality from an academic and industry perspective.

A programme of interactive seminar sessions where key entrepreneurs and business leaders meet staff and students to discuss key issues facing the Chemistry-Using Industries and the future role of chemists in helping to address these. Speakers have included senior managers at both major companies and small and medium enterprises, executives of professional bodies and venture capitalists. The course is supported by the Society of Chemistry and Industry, who help identify suitable speakers.

A write-up of the 2013 seminar series is available on the SOCI website.

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Spin-Out Companies


Nottingham Research Chemicals

The School of Chemistry promotes and assists with the formation of spin-out companies around key areas of technology expertise, leading to the formation of sustainable businesses which contribute to the economic activity of the region and the UK as a whole.

We also help companies looking to "spin-in" - SMEs which are interested in relocating to the University or the surrounding area to take advantage of our technical and commercial skills, office and lab resources and experience. 

The University has incubator facilities available at BioCity and the University of Nottingham Innovation Park.


Business Science Fellowships


For more than 12 years the BPU has run a highly successful Business Science Fellowship (BSF) programme. This scheme enables post-doctoral level chemists to gain training and hands on practical experience of working at the interface between academia and industry.

BSFs typically work on a range of commercially related projects selected from the School’s technology transfer portfolio, often in collaboration with Industrial partners. BSFs are mentored by BPU staff and also receive extensive formal training in key business, innovation and entrepreneurship skills. Work ranges from following up industrial queries via patent filing to finalising licensing deals for novel technologies. 

Former BSFs have taken up positions within, and are making a significant contribution to, a range of organisations and continue to support the BPU as visiting and returning speakers.

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Collaborations and Consultancy




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Business Partnership Unit

School of Chemistry
University Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 74 86268