Dr Agi Brandt-Talbot is an independent Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London.
She has authored over 20 scientific articles with more than 2000 citations and holds licensed 3 patents. Dr Brandt-Talbot's research interest is creating bio-derived materials and chemicals from sustainable biomass and the application of novel tailor-made solvents.
Dr Brandt-Talbot was awarded Imperial's President's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Early Career Researcher in 2015, the Department of Chemical Engineering's Sir William Wakeham Award in 2016, and a 2017 Imperial College Research Fellowship which she has taken up in the Department of Chemistry. She is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of start-up company Chrysalix Technologies.
Dr Brandt received a BSc and an MSc from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. She joined Imperial College with a Porter Institute funded PhD studentship and was a Research Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She has also been the Business Manager of start-up company Econic Technologies.
Link to an interview with Dr Brandt.
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In the last century the chemical industry has come to rely on the use of petroleum, 5-10% of petroleum is converted into myriads of useful compounds and materials, such as medicines, packaging, furniture and clothing.
Despite our extensive experience with oil as a fuel and chemical feedstock, further use is deemed unsustainable, due to its substantial contribution to climate change (petroleum use accounts for 1/3 of global CO2 emissions).
In order to eliminate dependency on this fossil resource, new chemical processes based on renewable feedstocks are required. Lignocellulosic biomass is the best option for providing the next generation of chemical building blocks and sustainable fuels in a timely manner: it can be grown in large quantities in diverse locations, with potentially large greenhouse gas emissions savings and benefits to rural communities.
Benefits can be maximised by transforming all components contained in the biomass to functional materials, chemicals and affordable liquid fuels in what is called the integrated biorefinery approach.
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