Paul Jones wins Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year.
Chemical Processing Services Ltd, Bitrez Ltd and Anacarda Ltd scientist, Paul Jones, wins the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry prize!
Mr Paul Jones has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year, celebrating the most exciting chemical science taking place today.
Based at Chemical Processing Services Ltd, Bitrez Ltd and Anacarda Ltd, Mr Jones won the prize for the creation of UK businesses that are globally recognised for innovating speciality polymers employing green chemistry principles.
On receiving the prize, Paul said: “Thanks to the hard work and efforts of colleagues throughout the years, thanks to strong support and mentoring at key stages of my career, I have been very fortunate to have received generous recognition from several sources, all of which I am very grateful for. However, receiving recognition from the Royal Society of Chemistry is at the top: it ranks alongside receipt of the Queen’s Award for Innovation and is something I am extremely honoured to accept.”
Bitrez Ltd designs and develops polymer products or resins targeting a reduced hazard rating and/or a reduced environmental impact. The company creates products that enable the provision of the comforts we have all become accustomed to, but in a safer manner for those using them, and from sustainable sources that prevent further detriment to the environment.
Whenever possible, they formulate products from annually harvested crops rather than the progressively depleting fossil fuels that have historically been used. They process the products to a low hazard state before their use in the manufacture of coatings or composites.
The company makes components for coating food packaging and the subsequent provision of safe coatings that protect the packaging and contents while avoiding the inclusion of materials that can cause health concerns. An example of one such innovation is the development of a specialist cross-linking additive for packaging coatings allowing the formulation of bisphenol A (BPA) free coatings. It followed media and regulatory concerns about the material being a potential endocrine disrupter and causing birth defects and genetic disorders. Primary concerns were focused on expectant mothers; brain and behavioural changes in foetuses, newborn babies and infants. Paul’s company produced a resin that was safe and enabled the coatings industry to continue with no impact on production or food supplies.