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Interdisciplinary Research Centre


Bioenergy research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

The activities are coordinated by the Cambplants Hub and research into bioenergy includes:

  • Approaches to the use of algae (including cyanobacteria) for a number of different applications in the biotechnology and bioenergy industry facilitated by the Algal Biotechnology Consortium
  • Lignocellulosic Bioenergy which focuses on utilising parts of food and materials crops that are normally discarded as waste, as well as species that flourish on marginal land with minimal agricultural inputs.
  • Investigating ways of using algae as an energy source in biophotovoltaic panels.
  • Gasification and combustion of biomass fuels with a focus on power generation and CO2 capture.
  • Photosynthetic and biomimetic hydrogen production and CO2 reduction.


We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in bioenergy.

Please follow the links above for more information on specific areas of expertise and visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Bioenergy theme. 

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Dr Alexander  Archibald
Lecturer in Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling
Professor of International Politics
Director of African Studies
Professor John  Dennis
Head of School of Technology
Professor of Chemical Reaction Engineering
Professor Laura  Diaz Anadon
Professor of Climate Change Policy
Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)
Paul Dupree
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
01223 333340
Dr Shailaja  Fennell
Professor of Regional Transformation and Economic Security
Adrian Fisher
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
01223 763996
Professor Chris  Gilligan
Professor of Mathematical Biology
Director of Research; Head of Epidemiology and Modelling Group
Professor Howard  Griffiths
Professor of Plant Ecology
Head of Physiological Ecology Group
(+44 1223 3)33946
Dr. Jim  Haseloff
Head of Synthetic Biology for Engineering
Professor Julian  Hibberd
Professor in Plant Science
Head of Molecular Physiology Group
Professor Chris  Howe
Professor of Plant and Microbial Biochemistry
Markus  Kraft
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director of Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES)
Erwin  Reisner
Professor of Energy and Sustainability
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
Dr Keith  Seffen
Professor of Engineering Mechanics
Professor Alison G Smith
Professor of Plant Biochemistry
Professor William  Sutherland
Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology

Associate Members

Events and Marketing Coordinator
Engagement Manager
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact

Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Graduate Students