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Outstanding innovative research in chemistry

Innovate UK has recently rated a Department of Chemistry project as outstanding (grade A), their highest rating. This project resulted in the development of Jally Strips and VerteX products for use in commercial refrigerators and air conditioning units.

The chemistry department’s Dr Scott Turner and Dr David Watson, alongside the research associate Dr Kajally Jobe, recently completed a 3-year Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership, working alongside Basingstoke company Advanced Engineering Ltd.


The aim was to develop new environmentally friendly cleaners and biocidal products for use in commercial refrigerators and air conditioning units. Several new products were conceived and made, and they are now being sold into major supermarket chains for use in their in-store fridges.


This research is an example where the Department of Chemistry is helping to protect the environment and improve the quality of life for the public.

VerteX™ is a full-spectrum near neutral (pH 7.6) cleaner for Condensers and Evaporators. Its unique formulation allows it to change its own pH balance to either acid or alkali to better combat the soils it comes into contact with. This adaptive dimension makes it perfect for use in almost any maintenance scenario – both indoors or outdoors.

Jally Strips® give condensate tray microbial control. These strips remain stable at high temperatures, have more effective biocidal properties (which also works to stop the micro-organisms becoming immune) and are able to take 5000 litres of condensate running over them.