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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Bio-materials research in Cambridge is focussed on lignocellulosic biofuels, biosynthesis, polysaccharide components of plant cell wall, xylan, biohybrid materials, bio-inorganic chemistry and lifecycle assessment. 

Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage is also an important negative emissions technology being developed to reach net zero.

Some key centres and initiatives include:

Spin-out: Xamplaplastic alternative from sustainable and natural feedstocks

Researchers working in this area:

Prof Jonathan Cullen

Professor of Sustainable Engineering

Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee

Prof Paul Dupree

Professor of Biochemistry

Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee

Prof Jim Haseloff Professor of Synthetic Biology
Prof Chris Howe Professor of Plant and Microbial Biochemistry
Prof Erwin Reisner Professor of Energy and Sustainability
Prof Stuart Scott Professor of Energy and Thermodynamics
Prof Alison Smith Professor of Plant Biochemistry
Dr Jenny Zhang Research Fellow