Become a future leader of the Net Zero Process Industries

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The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Process Industries: Net Zero (PINZ CDT) is a collaboration between the Process Intensification Group at Newcastle University and the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York.


To realise Net Zero, the process industries will fundamentally change the way they handle energy, feedstocks, and data. Gradual change is not enough; order-of-magnitude improvements in efficiency and environmental impact are required.

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In the UK alone, there are 500,000 new low-carbon jobs expected in the next decade. With more than 20 global industrial partners, the PINZ CDT will train the architects and leaders of the process industries’ transition to Net Zero.

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By bringing together diverse expertise from academia, industry, and beyond, we foster an environment of interdisciplinary synergy, where ideas flourish and solutions are born.


Join our PhD training programme and become a future leader of the Process Industries’ Net Zero transition

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From SMEs to multi-national brand names, our industrial partners are united in their vision of a Net Zero process industry.


With more than 20 industrial partners at launch in 2024, we cover a broad range of the process industries: from bulk and fine chemicals to food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, utilities and more.

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Meet our Team

The academic leadership team comprises internationally recognised experts from a diverse range of academic backgrounds, spanning chemical, biochemical, and process engineering, as well as chemistry.

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Professor Adam Harvey

CDT Co-Director, Newcastle

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Professor Helen Sneddon

CDT Co-Director, York

Professor Avtar Matharu


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Professor Kamelia Boodhoo 

CDT Training Lead, Newcastle

Dr Duncan MacQuarrie

CDT Training Lead, York

Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta

CDT Students Lead

Dr Jonathan McDonough

CDT Careers Lead

Dr Jonathan Lee

CDT Industry Lead

Dr Greg Mutch

CDT Research Lead

Dr Fernando Russo Abegão

CDT Engagement Lead

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