IChemE 2009 Presidential Address

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IChemE President, Ian Shott\'s Presidential Address slides, as delivered on 13 May 2009.

To download the full text of the Presidential address, Accelerated Evolution:
Chemical engineers and the survival of the fittest –
capitalising on the bioscience revolution, visit www.icheme.org/presidentialaddresspdf

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IChemE 2009 Presidential Address

  1. 1. Chemical engineers and the survival of the fittest – capitalising on the bioscience revolution President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Wednesday 13 May 2009
  2. 2. It started about here!
  3. 3. George Matt Ron Whitesides Tirrell Breslow
  4. 4. Chemical engineers and the survival of the fittest – capitalising on the bioscience revolution
  5. 5. Greg Ramesh Richard Lewin Mashelkar Darton Boundaryless + Globalisation + Wealth Collaboration Creation Accelerated Evolution
  6. 6. Charles Robert Darwin FRS 1809 - 1882
  7. 7. On the Origin of Species Published 1859
  8. 8. Charles John Gregor Lyell FRS Herschel FRS Mendel 1797-1875 1792-1871 1822-1884
  9. 9. “Evolution does not necessarily mean slow…”
  10. 10. Geological Time Spans Years x106 Human Time Spans Years x103 Civilisation Time Spans Years x102 Business Time Spans Years x101
  11. 11. Global Trends and Drivers
  12. 12. Source: Royal Geographical Society
  13. 13. Eritrea Children gather wood for Fuel in Eritrea 2008
  14. 14. Coal Mining at Haltwhistle, Northumberland circa 1900
  15. 15. Drake‟s well at Titusville, Pennsylvania 1858
  16. 16. Four Magnox reactors at Calder Hall, Sellafield in the mid 1970‟s
  17. 17. We currently consume 84 million barrels of oil each day We consume two barrels of oil for every barrel discovered It took 125 years to use the first trillion barrels We will use the next trillion barrels in just 30 years Source: Uppsala HydroCarbon Depletion Study Group
  18. 18. Principle Source: New Scientist, Earth’s Natural Wealth article by David Cohen - 23 May 2007.
  19. 19. Biofuels Clean Coal Nuclear
  20. 20. • 93% of production materials do not end up in saleable products • 80% of products are discarded after a single use • 99% of materials used in the production of, or contained within goods, are discarded in the first six weeks Source: Factor Four
  21. 21. “Demands a bioscience revolution…” Limited resources of raw Low carbon materials & energy dependency + Driving Towards + Global warming Knowledge based bio-economy Increasing move towards bio-based production of energy, transport fuels, chemicals and related materials to meet sustainable needs of 21st century
  22. 22. DO NOT FOLD, BEND, SPIND LE OR MUTILATE! Hollerith Card
  23. 23. Human Chromosomes
  24. 24. Image: NIH Chemical Genomics Center/J.Mainquist
  25. 25. Images: NIH Chemical Genomics Center/J.Mainquist, CCR Hong Kong UST, Kibron inc
  26. 26. “What is it?”
  27. 27. ? All the major facets of society and economic activity, both in the UK and globally, and including the manufacturing industry, are being challenged to demonstrate their sustainability. Most of the world‟s power is fossil fuel based; similarly many chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products are manufactured from petrochemical feedstocks. The aim is for a low carbon, knowledge-based, economy that includes the use of sustainable bio-based products, and a future society that is no longer wholly dependent on fossil fuels for energy and industrial raw materials…. IB-IGT Scoping Statement, February 2008
  28. 28.  Fibre base material  Bio plastics and bio polymers  Surfactants  Bio solvents  Bio lubricants  Bio fuels  Bio feedstocks and platform chemicals  Vaccines  Enzymes Being developed by „traditional‟ industry players including Akzo Nobel, Croda, Ineos and Shell for use in the construction, automotive, cosmetics, detergents, paints, adhesi ves, inks, paper, fuels, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors €225 billion global market for novel chemical by 2030 Source: McKinsey & Co.
  29. 29. “From genes to mega tonnes…”
  30. 30. Codexis and Shell Super enzymes for next-generation biofuels Pilot plant operation to develop new super enzymes to convert biomass to fuel
  31. 31. Kalypsys Highly automated small molecule drug discovery platform Kalypsys utilises HTS to target widespread diseases and unmet medical needs including pain/inflammation and metabolic problems
  32. 32. Ineos Waste feedstocks for renewable polymers, chemicals and fuels Unlocking the potential of waste
  33. 33. Aquapharm Pioneers in marine biotechnology Facilities for the fermentation and culture optimisation of marine micro-organismsan
  34. 34. Chemical Science + Biological Science + = Successful Industrial Biotechnology
  35. 35. IB is not a panacea Hydrocarbons are not dead and buried, but the carbon will be... Source: Total
  36. 36. “This really is about the survival of the fittest...”
  37. 37. Scaling Up An Institution that has evolved and survived....
  38. 38. Long Term Membership Trends IChemE Membership 1923 - 2008 35000 100% 90% 30000 Corporate Members 80% Total Membership 25000 70% % Corporate Members 60% 20000 50% 15000 40% 30% 10000 20% 5000 10% 0 0% Year Institution membership has enjoyed almost continuous growth since its foundation in 1922, however the proportion of full Corporate Members has declined to 40% (RH Axis)
  39. 39. UK Undergraduate Intake The Ten Year Trend – Chemical & Process Engineering 1700 1640 1600 1500 1465 1400 1364 1300 1317 1306 1262 1200 1203 1100 1095 1098 1000 979 979 1000 940 900 800 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 The Chemical Engineering Intake has risen by almost 75% since 2001 and now exceeds the peak intake of the 1990‟s
  40. 40. whynotchemeng in action! The Top Ten Flash Bang Demonstrations Judith Hackitt demonstrates the „Flaming Hands‟
  41. 41. Female Undergraduate 30 Engineers UK Trends 2002 - 2008 % 25 Chemical Engineering 20 Mechanical Engineering Electrical and Electronic 15 Engineering Civil Engineering 10 Aerospace Engineering General Engineering 5 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 The proportion of women studying chemical engineering at first degree level is consistently 10-15 points ahead of comparable engineering disciplines
  42. 42. Distribution of IChemE Membership 2008 REST OF WORLD TOTAL WORLDWIDE MEMBERSHIP 2009 15% UK IRELAND 65% 3% MALAYSIA 7% AUSTRALIA 10% Base : 29482 35% of the IChemE membership is domiciled outside the UK up from 29% a decade previously and the trend is set to continue
  43. 43. Melbourne, Australia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Singapore Rugby, England Shanghai, China London, England With 35% of membership based outside the UK and offices in five countries, IChemE is an international organisation
  44. 44. Rising to the challenge of accelerated evolution The future direction for the Institution
  45. 45. Rising to the challenge of accelerated evolution  Larger membership  Bigger influence  Broader membership  Greater influence  Industry diversity  Disciplinary interaction  Focussed on value delivery The future direction for the Institution
  46. 46. Capitalising on the bioscience revolution  Collaborate with chemistry and biology  Improve synergy and connectivity  Training and development  Innovation and knowledge transfer  Outreach and influence  Roadmap development for IB A strategy for success
  47. 47. Chemical engineers and the survival of the fittest – capitalising on the bioscience revolution President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Wednesday 13 May 2009
  48. 48. Darwin‟s outstretched finger within inches of Adam? With apologies to Michelangelo and visitors to the Sistine Chapel

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