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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
Director of African Studies
Professor Laura  Diaz Anadon
Professor of Climate Change Policy
Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG)
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Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
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Dr Shailaja  Fennell
Lecturer in Development Studies
Dr Adrian  Fisher
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
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Professor Chris  Gilligan
Professor of Mathematical Biology
Head of the Epidemiology and Modelling Group
Professor Howard  Griffiths
Professor of Plant Ecology
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Professor Julian  Hibberd
Professor in Plant Science
Professor Chris  Howe
Professor of Plant and Microbial Biochemistry
Professor Markus  Kraft
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor Stephen  Oliver
Director of Cambridge Systems Biology Centre
Professor Erwin  Reisner
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
Dr Keith  Seffen
University Senior Lecturer in Engineering
Professor Alison G Smith
Professor of Plant Biochemistry
Professor William  Sutherland
Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology

Associate Members

Innovation & Enterprise Project Officer
Events and Marketing Coordinator
Engagement Manager
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact

Postdoctoral Researchers

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Graduate Students

Visiting Researchers