Innovation & Sustainability Chemistry Consortium

An international multidisciplinary chemistry network providing a training and research environment for future international chemistry leaders in India and United Kingdom



To develop scientific solutions that address key global sustainability challenges by harnessing the talents and innovation from leading UK and Indian scientists using digital technology to enable collaborative research between the two nations.


The Innovation and Sustainability Chemistry Consortium (ISCC) has been set up to tackle important global sustainability challenges and to disseminate the knowledge gained to wider audiences.

The key aims of the consortium are:

  • To develop new technologies using the complementary expertise of leading scientists of both nations to provide sustainable solutions to both academic and industrial challenges.
  • To encourage and proliferate the teaching of sustainable chemistry bringing about a paradigm shift in the way chemical synthesis is carried out, whilst integrating future novel technologies as they arise.


Sustainability is an increasingly important parameter for a nation to balance economic growth against the need to mitigate the effects of global warming. Most scientifically developed nations are therefore seeking to transition their manufacturing and industry to sustainable practices as a basis for curtailing carbon emissions. Development of sustainable technologies as well as the improvement of existing technologies to meet these needs are now being set as important goals by scientific organisations and funding agencies.

ISCC is a network of scientific leaders - that with their combined talents and expertise are poised to work together on exciting new scientific challenges. The experts have been selected from 13 internationally reputed institutions from India and UK

India: Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, The Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, Bengaluru, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

United Kingdom: Queen Mary University of London, University of Oxford, Greenwich University, University College London, University of St. Andrews, University of Manchester


ISCC has been created to promote sustainable chemical developments by facilitating greater interactions between academic and industrial partners. It will strive to create a conducive environment for the proliferation of such partnerships and will be involved in the education and training of individuals in academia as well as industry on the topic of sustainability. The consortium intends to undertake many innovative programs in research and education by making use of futuristic technologies such as virtual reality (VR), machine learning, and alternative technologies. Accordingly, the consortium wants to achieve the following objectives:

  • Establish research collaborations within the consortium to tackle fundamental questions with potential commercial applications.
  • Promote academia-industry partnerships to solve key problems associated with current chemical process developments, optimizations, environmental remediations as well as the proliferation of future technologies.
  • Conduct outreach programs using VR to spread scientific awareness, encourage mentorship and training of early-career scientists and wider audiences.