This article showcases our top picks for the best UK based Chemical Engineering companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Chemical Engineering industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top UK Chemical Engineering Companies
Smart Separations Ltd
Smart Separations is a limited company based in London UK that has patented an innovative microfiltration technology to produce ceramic filters with self-assembled controllable pores of uniform size in the range between
It aims to be the world’s leader in MF and particle separations technology – filling the void gap that exists in the market nowadays.. .
Aqdot‘s technology allows for an energy- and raw material-efficient way of manufacturing microcapsules, leading to lower energy consumption and less waste. Potential applications include encapsulating enzymes in laundry detergents, or encapsulating fertilisers in the agrochemical sector.
Microencapsulation is a multi-billion-per-annum industry with established applications in household and personal care, food and agrochemical markets.. .
Porotech is a spin-out from the University of Cambridge. It mainly focuses on the development of wide-bandgap compound GaN semiconductors by applying material technologies and solutions to unleash the full potential of GaN to revolutionize the electronics industry.
The company was co-founded by Dr. Tongtong Zhu, Dr.
Yingjun Liu, and Prof. Rachel Oliver..
MOF Technologies (Belfast, UK) leads the development and commercialisation of advanced materials called MOFs. Our patented technology enables us to take MOFs from concept to high-performing, real-world products for CO2 capture, toxic gas storage and fruit preservation.
Through joint collaborations with partners, we examine MOF performance, enhance the material’s properties to suit the needs of their application and produce low-cost, shaped MOFs in the form factor needed for their application.. .
Exigence Technologies is an emerging B2B innovation partner serving the smart coatings & specialty chemicals industry. Their team has developed the highly-effective, ‘stimulus-responsive’ SymbiCoat™ family of monomers for incorporation into a variety of polymer coating systems, including acrylics, epoxies & polyurethanes.
Coatings and polymers that incorporate SymbiCoat™ monomers are best suited for end-use coating applications “Where Clean is Critical” – that is, in market segments such as food & beverage processing, industrial asset protection, water distribution and healthcare. The highly-skilled Exigence science and engineering team is the sole expert in its SymbiCoat™ chemistries and is continuously innovating to create new, application-specific molecules and coatings demonstrators that meet and anticipate needs in the industrial smart coatings market.
Their team has deep expertise in monomer design and is available to help optimize integration of SymbiCoat™ into your product application.. .
Antala Ltd. distributes the best speciality chemical brands in UK & Ireland.
Antala Ltd. offers an excellent range of industrial adhesives and have a long experience in the industry that allows us to understand your business perfectly and help you optimize your processes as well as generating comprehensive solutions.
By working with a leading company in the market of adhesives, sealants and surface treatments, you can access our unique range of products, take advantage of our experience and ensure maximum reliability in your processes. Antala is part of the DGE Group, composed of distributors of technical products thoughout Europe..
Inkling Cambridge is a cambridge-based technology startup developing solution-based applications for graphene and 2d materials. Graphene has potential to be the next “platform material”, with applications including high speed and flexible electronics, improved energy storage, high performance sensors, and high strength composite materials.
However, the challenges associated with handling graphene and integrating it with other processes have limited its mass-market applications to date. We are seeking to address this, and have developed a universal process to add value to commercially available graphene “powder” from any source by dispersing in selected solvent mixtures.
We are now targeting high-volume and low-cost applications for the process, including high strength polymer composites for coatings and adhesives, and conductive inks for printable electronics.. .
Starbon® Technologies Ltd manufactures and markets Starbon®, a patented class of bio-based mesoporous materials derived from uniquely modified polysaccharides and capable of being tuned to specific applications. Starbon® products deliver a step change in performance over existing systems for example, acid resins in catalysis, Porous Graphitic Carbons in separation, and activated carbon in adsorption.
They are more selective, efficient and effective. The Starbon® range resolves a spectrum of technical challenges by combining high mesoporosity (up to 2.0 cm3g-1) and high surface area (up to 500 m2g-1).
It comes in a range of physical forms, with tuneable properties from hydrophilic to hydrophobic and has the ability to adsorb and desorb rapidly.. .
Sellafield is a global centre for nuclear engineering management. They pioneered the harnessing of nuclear power to generate electricity for the country.
Now the world is watching as they set international standards in high-hazard reduction. In short, they’re at the forefront of the industry..
The Intelligent Ink and Pen Company
Ink Intelligent is a small company set up by Professor Andrew Mills of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. The company has created inks which provide information on surfaces they come into contact with, and our first commercial product is a pen containing an ink that – in combination with light sufficient to activate the surface – responds to most surfaces that exhibit photocatalytic activity.
These photocatalytic surfaces include most self-cleaning tiles, paints, concrete and glass. The ink not only reveals the presence of a photocatalytic coating, but also can provide a measure of its activity, via the speed of the colour change under defined irradiation conditions..
Activotec develops and manufactures automated peptide synthesizers to sell worldwide to the peptide synthesis community. All development and production takes place at its facility in Cambridge, UK.
The Activo-P11 Peptide Synthesizer developed and produced by Activotec is widely used by pharma, biotech, custom peptide providers and research institutions for the synthesis of very high quality peptides on a scale from 0.05 – 5.0 mmoles.. .