Academia to Industry: Bridging the Gap

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Chemical Development Group Leader, Andrew Jordan, was invited by Nature Chemistry to contribute a review article, marking a pivotal moment in the intersection of industry and academia. In this insight, Andrew sheds light on the significance of this opportunity while reflecting on his journey with Charnwood Discovery, and offers a glimpse into the pioneering research that’s shaping the future of chemistry.

Writing While Working in Industry

Andrew summarised his thoughts on this here:

Transitioning from academia to industry often comes with the phrase, “you won’t be able to publish anything.” However, my experience over the past few years has proven this sentiment wrong. Finding the right employer, or working closely with your manager, can make all the difference in supporting your ambitions to grow in this area.

Since joining Charnwood Discovery in 2021, I’ve been fortunate to continue my engagement with academic journals. In my role as Group Leader, I’ve maintained the freedom to review literature from journals such as Green Chemistry, ACS Sustainable Chemistry, Organic Letters, and most recently Nature Chemistry. This ongoing involvement has enabled me to stay abreast of developments across diverse fields, expand my professional network, and hone my writing and editing skills. Also, I’ve discovered some pretty unique chemistry before the mainstream do!

Recently, I had the privilege of collaborating with Nature Chemistry on a “News and Views” article highlighting the fantastic work conducted by Paul Dyson and his research group in the recycling of chlorinated waste.

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Article Summary

Dyson et al. have developed methodology that allows for the degradation of chlorinated waste, from plastic pipes to chlorinated solvents, and use the chlorine atoms as halogenating reagents in the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Moreover, waste off-gasses from the process such as CO and CO2 were successfully captured and used in the formation of styrene oxides. Notably, the process generates little-to-no waste and uses all of the atoms from the input waste, showcasing remarkable sustainability and applicability within the concept of a “circular economy.”

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About the Author

Andrew Jordan

Andrew Jordan

Group Leader, Chemical Development