Dr Agi Brandt-Talbot is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London and leads the Sustainable Carbon Solutions research team.
She has authored 34 scientific articles with more than 5000 citations and 5 patents. Dr Brandt-Talbot is interested in creating bio-derived materials and chemicals from sustainable biomass and the application of novel tailor-made solvents for more sustainable use of carbon in our economy.
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 took up in the Department of Chemistry. She is co-founder and a director of start-up company Lixea.
Dr Brandt-Talbot 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. She is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and social media editor and honorary Treasurer of the RSC Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids Discussion Group.
The chemical industry has come to rely on the use of petroleum and gas as its source of energy and raw material. While we think of fossil fuels as primarily as a source of energy, 5-10% of petroleum and natural is converted into myriads of useful products by the petrochemical industry, such as medicines, packaging, furniture and clothing. Despite our expert use of fossil carbon resources, climate change has made it further use is unsustainable.
We hence need to develop new chemical processes that utilise renewable feedstocks. Lignocellulosic biomass is the best option for providing the next generation of chemical building blocks in a timely manner: it can be grown in large quantities in diverse locations, with a potential for large greenhouse gas emissions savings and with benefits to rural communities across the world.
Benefits can be maximised by transforming all components contained in the biomass into fuels, chemicals and materials in what is called the integrated biorefinery. The Green Carbon Solutions Lab develops key solutions by applying low-cost ionic liquids in biorefining, particularly the production of low-cost renewable carbon fibres from lignin, but also plant protein isolation, cellulose and the chemical recycling of polyester plastics.
Working with us
I am supporting outstanding candidates via the President's scholarship program or other suitable PhD studentship schemes n the areas 'Strong carbon fibres from tailored lignins'. Please note that the Chemistry Department requires proof of full funding of tuition fees to accept PhD students.
Post PhD researchers with outstanding track record can be supported for applications for externally funded postdoctoral scholarships, if they have identified a suitable funding source.
et al., 2017, An economically viable ionic liquid for the fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass, Rsc Green Chemistry, Vol:19, ISSN:1757-7047, Pages:3078-3102
et al., 2015, Structural changes in lignins isolated using an acidic ionic liquid water mixture, Green Chemistry, Vol:17, ISSN:1463-9262, Pages:5019-5034
et al., 2013, Deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass with ionic liquids, Green Chem., Vol:15, Pages:550-583-550-583
et al., 2011, Ionic liquid pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass with ionic liquid-water mixtures, Green Chem., Vol:13, Pages:2489-2499-2489-2499