Econic Technologies was born from a vision where catalyst chemistry is used to turn waste CO2 into positive economic and environmental potential. Incorporating waste CO2 as a feedstock using our innovative catalyst technologies reduces the reliance on expensive fossil fuels, turning scientific research into business advantage while delivering environmental gain for the benefit of all.

This vision was crystallised by Professor Charlotte Williams, then at Imperial College London, and now Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. It was supported by investment from IP Group plc, then Imperial Innovations, and Norner Verdandi.

Much progress has been made since then.

Econic’s catalyst technologies have been patented, validated in pilot operations and continue to secure additional investment.

A talented team of scientists, engineers and commercial managers now conduct their cutting-edge work in a state-of-the-art facility at Alderley Park, the internationally renowned science hub south of Manchester.

All of our efforts are intently focused on the future. A future where waste CO2, a damaging greenhouse gas, is turned into commercial and environmental gain. A future that starts now.

I really enjoy using our state of the art equipment and applying cutting edge science to come up with ways that enable Econic to offer products that benefit the environment.

Dr James Leeland
Econic Senior Team Leader – Polyol Development


We have four founding values that guide how we operate:


We earn respect individually and as a team through hard work, ingenuity and integrity.


We pursue innovative solutions to create positive potential and to drive sustainable success for our customers, ourselves and the world around us.


We prioritise the safety of people and the environment in all of our activities.


We strive for excellence by providing an environment in which every team member can flourish.

It’s so exciting to see, and be an integral part of, Econic developing and achieving success so quickly, while still staying true to its core values.

Dr Solène Cauët-Fidge
Econic Safety and Laboratory Manager


Energy, enthusiasm, commercial insight and inventiveness characterise our expert team. We are forward-thinking individuals, with a rich mix of scientific and commercial backgrounds, unified by a passion to turn our knowledge and experience into high-value solutions for the plastics sector.


Join Econic Technologies and turn your science and commercial talents into tangible outcomes. Outcomes that positively impact the world we live in. Partner with an expert team and innovative, future-focused clients on ground-breaking catalyst technologies.

For available jobs please go to our Careers page.

Whichever direction you look in, Econic's technology has potential - to add value throughout the plastics industry, to increase sustainability in manufacturing and products. I'm excited to be a part of realising this potential.

Dr Anthea Blackburn
Econic Team Leader - Technical Business Development


Our investors, which now include IP Group plc, Norner Verdandi, Jetstream Capital, Woodford Investment Management and OGCI, believe in the value of the clean tech sector. For good reason. Like us, they see the potential of what Econic can deliver to the global polyols sector as we migrate into a profitable catalyst technologies company. They are committed to remain invested throughout the journey. They are committed to Econic’s positive progress and the benefit this brings to all.

At the national finals of the prestigious Shell Springboard 2015 awards, Econic won the Shell UK Chairman Special Award, along with a €64,000 prize.

Econic was a winner at The Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2014 Emerging Technologies award, in the category of ‘Environment, materials and process chemistry’. As a result Econic was featured in Chemistry World.

2013 saw Econic awarded as joint winner at the UK finals of Climate KIC Venture Competition, with a prize of €20,000. As well as this, Climate KIC, alongside Innovate UK, supported four research and development projects, helping Econic rapidly accelerate technology development and achieve their current TRL status.

In June 2016, Econic was awarded a Horizon 2020 SME grant amounting to €2.49 million to assist with the commercialisation of its catalyst technology. The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument is a public funding programme that funds risk innovation in small businesses. It funds market-creating innovation in disruptive small businesses that have significant growth potential and global ambitions. The SME Instrument is part of Horizon 2020 – the EU’s €80 billion funding programme for Research and Innovation.

The Horizon 2020 SME grant was used to support the construction of a first-of-its-kind Customer Demonstration Facility in the UK to demonstrate to customers how Econic’s innovative catalyst technologies can convert CO2 into polyols. The Demonstration Facility, which opened in 2018, comprises all elements of the production process, integrated from reaction through to final product treatment, in a bespoke industrial unit, and shows how the catalyst technology can be applied at industrial scale.

In 2019, Econic was named on the Global Cleantech 100 List, an annual guide to the leading companies and themes in sustainable innovation. Later that year, Econic was also acknowledged by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), receiving a Highly Commended recognition in the Sustainability section of the Global IChemE Awards.