Queen’s University Belfast Wins RSC Award

May 22, 2014
Queen’s University chemists honored for work in removing harmful mercury from natural gas.

Queen’s University Belfast has been named among the winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Awards for its work in removing harmful mercury from natural gas.

The RSC Teamwork in Innovation Award is the latest honor for the University’s partnership with Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas. The award recognizes collaborative teamwork to achieve an innovative solution or process and is judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and industrialists.

Queen’s collaboration with Petronas is one of a number of partnerships between the university and global leaders in business and industry. The technology developed by Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) and Petronas is being used to produce mercury-free natural gas at two Petronas plants in Malaysia.

The mercury removal project was also a winner at the global Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Awards in November, receiving three awards, and was recently named in the IChemE Roll of Honour.  In 2013, Queen’s ionic liquids discoveries were named the Most Important British Innovation of the 21st Century in recognition of their potential future impact on the world, in a poll initiated by the Science Museum.

For more information, visit: www.qub.ac.uk/

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