KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Chemistry to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

Meet the Team

Steve Fletcher

Head of Chemistry

Steve is a chemist by training with extensive knowledge of the chemical industry and process manufacturing.   He has held various roles in the KTN and its predecessors following many years working in the chemical industry.  In his current role Steve aims to help UK industry become globally competitive through developing sustainable and resource efficient products and processes. 



Michael Burnett

Michael Burnett is the Process Manufacturing Lead for the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). His role is to drive the uptake of new smart chemical processes and to stimulate the development and deployment of technologies that enable significant improvement in resource efficiency for chemical processes. He helps companies navigate the funding landscape and enables tangible business benefits to be obtained through the adoption of innovative solutions by giving one-to-one advice to companies and providing support through facilitating networks and building partnerships. 



Rajesh Mistry

A Knowledge Transfer Manager with extensive industrial experience in re-engineering commodity chemical processes through Industrial Biotechnology. Within the KTN having a cross functional remit aligned with the Chemistry domains strategic priorities that include:


1  Company engagements to accelerate innovation through partnering and sourcing funding.

2  Building consortiums and strategic alliances (B2B and B2A).

3  Defining and understanding issues facing todays UK plc with a view to providing tailored options.

4  Dissemination and communication of industry case studies using multi-channel approaches.


Although there is 'no-wrong-door-policy' here at the KTN Rajesh is keen to engage and support the:

•   Chemistry and Manufacturing community.

•   Industrial Biotechnology community.

•   Universities researching into the aforementioned communities.

•   Anyone working with or within IB, Chemistry, Manufacturing, Bio-composites, Biomaterials, Waste, Bio-refining or Bio-fules amongst others. 



Peter Clark

Knowledge Transfer Manager in Chemistry (Raw Materials). Peter brings more than 12 years experience across academic research, industry consulting and policy (in the UK and Australia) with technical expertise in: high-pressure continuous flow chemistry; application of supercritical fluids; green chemistry; sustainability; and environmental management/assessment of industrial processes.



Rachael Rowlands-Jones

KT Manager for Design & Functionality. Rachael has over 10 years experience of optoelectronic and advanced materials within academic and industry settings, including translating laboratory processes to pilot production. 

Rachael's role is cross-cutting and includes interests in renewable energy (power generation and system integration), built environment and building envelope to formulation, composite materials and High Value Manufacture (HVM).



Siwan Smith

Siwan coordinates marketing and communications activities for Chemistry, Sustainability and Resource Efficiency and the Graphene SIG.  She has a degree in PR and Events Management, and holds over 4 years PR and Marketing experience within the B2B and Charity sectors.    


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