Chemistry Innovation Laboratory


Meet the Team

  Trevor Farren

Trevor Farren - Director of the School of Chemistry Business Partnership Unit 

Dr. Farren has over 20 years experience of taking innovative concepts to commercial reality gained within both industry and academia. As a senior manager with the Courtaulds group (later Acordis PLC) he led business development activities within a wide variety of chemical, fibre and polymer products businesses and initiated several new ventures both within Europe and the USA. He also gained extensive experience of product and process support and development, setting up and controlling numerous collaborative projects with Universities. In 1999 he and his team were awarded the Akzo-Nobel prize for commercial innovation. Dr. Farren joined the University of Nottingham in 2001 to set up a Business Development Unit; the first such unit to be embedded within an academic School of Chemistry. In this role he has initiated and managed a complex portfolio of research, knowledge transfer and outreach projects which have generated over thirty patents, three licenses, four spin-out companies and numerous interactions with industry. Dr. Farren is a keen champion of knowledge transfer and has mentored over twenty post doctoral Business-Science Fellows, helping to develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Many of these individuals now hold key positions within industry or as knowledge transfer professionals.

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 84 66175



 Julie Dove

Julie Dove - Business Administration Manager/CIL Project Manager

I joined the Business Partnership Unit in my role of School Marketing Manager to work on enhancing communications, web presence, and interactions with external companies.  I also manage the administration of school research applications, services rendered agreements, research contracts and I am Project Manager for the ERDF funded Chemistry Innovation Laboratory project.  I have a BA (Hons) in Business Studies with the Open University.

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 95 13653





Dr Sian Masson


Business Science Fellow

I graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2003 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Chemistry, followed up in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry. My first postdoc position was also at Bangor participating in two European FP 6 projects researching the use of semiconductor metal oxides for air and water decontamination.  After, I took on a 6 month position as an Academic Officer that involved lecturing and organising events related to an RSC initiative called “Chemistry for our Future” with the aim to get children excited and enthusiastic about chemistry. In 2009 I took on a position at the University of Aberdeen working on a project in collaboration with Glasgow City Council on Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). In 2010 I moved to Oslo, Norway to work for an SME, within the R&D department, on catalytic coatings for ceramic filters and membranes to be used for air purification.  Within my three years in the company my role evolved to include responsibilities in the production facility and in the writing and application of funding for collaborative projects (FP7 and Eurostars).

I joined the Business Partnership Unit at the University of Nottingham in October 2013 to work on the Chemistry Innovation Laboratory project. This project aims to aid small to medium enterprises within the East Midlands innovate and grow by providing access to academic expertise and facilities available within the School of Chemistry. This project is part funded by the ERDF. This position allows me to use my experience from working in an SME and as a postdoc on European Framework programme projects to foster and nurture collaborations between the University and regional SMEs

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 84 68078


Ben Pointer-Gleadhill


I have worked within the University of Nottingham as a technician supporting research and analytical services since April 2011. I graduated from The University of York in 1999 and worked as an scientist for a number of pharmaceutical companies in product development and analytical development/validation roles.

I joined the School of Chemistry in November 2011 as a technician. My role within the BPU is to provide technical support for the Chemistry Innovation Laboratory project.




Chemistry Innovation Laboratory

The University of Nottingham
School of Chemistry, University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0)115 8468078