Projects

BESTER Project (2018-21)

PI: Dr Jeremy Woods
Researchers: Dr Onesmus Mwabonje and Dr Lorenzo di Lucia

An EcoBioTech/BBSRC sponsored project on developing of new bioprocesses for the production of butyl esters for the bio-based chemicals market.

BIOMATES (2016-21)

Funding: EU Horizon2020
PI: Dr Rocio Diaz-Chavez
Research Associate: Dr Yara Evans 

This project aims to develop innovative bio-refinery technologies (TRL 5) that will produce bio-based intermediate products to be used in conventional petroleum refinery processes. This entails bio-oil upgrading via single hydro-processing step within or near the refinery; b) utilization of excess refiner energy and energy carriers for BioMates production and co-processing; c) integration of electrochemical pumping and purification of excess refinery hydrogen. These technologies will lead to improved overall biomass conversion efficiency and sustainable increase of the biomass use in the transportation sector.

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Sustainable Polymers (2015-20)

Funding: EPSRC
PI: Professor Nilay Shah

Researcher: Dr Dongda Zhang

Synthesise sustainable polymers from different types of biomass wastes, and design an environmentally friendly manufacturing route for the industrial scale production of biopolymers.

BIOSKOR (2015-20)

Funding: European Commission 7th Framework Programme
PI: Dr Raphael Slade

Researcher: Dr Lorenzo di Lucia

BIOSKOH is a flagship research project to demonstrate a first of its kind commercial-scale second generation biorefinery. A sustainable, circular bioeconomy project, BIOSKOH will transform a brownfield industrial site in eastern Slovakia into a 55 kton cellulosic ethanol production facility.

It is anticipated that this project will eventually pave the way for the largest second generation biorefinery in Europe (110 kton).

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BIORESCUE (2016-19)

Funding: Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking/EU Horizon2020
PI: Dr Rocio Diaz-Chavez
Research Associate: Dr Yara Evans

This project aims to develop an innovative and integrated process concept based on the retrofitting of a conventional mushroom farm in Ireland for the cascading use of biomass to turn it into an efficient, sustainable and innovative biorefinery.The biorefinery will process mushroom compost and other agricultural residues to obtain nanocarriers, biopesticides and enzymes for multiple uses.

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COSMOS (2015-19)

Funding: EU Horizon2020
PI: Dr Rocio Diaz-Chavez
Research Associate: Dr Yara Evans

This project aims to reduce Europe’s dependence on imported vegetable oils, fatty acids and polymers which are needed by the oleochemical industry for producing a wide range of products, including plastics, surfactants, detergents, lubricants, and plasticisers. This is to be achieved by using two no-food crops (Camelina and Crambe) as biorefinery feedstocks and turning them into profitable, sustainable, multipurpose, non-GMO European oil crops.

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COMETHA (2014-19)

Funding: European Commission 7th Framework Programme
PI: Dr Ausilio Bauen

Researcher: Dr Eva Sevigne-Itoiz

Pre-commercial industrial scale demonstration plant on lignocellulosic ethanol.

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Bio-SuccInnovate (2014-17)

Funding: Climate-KIC
PI: Dr Jeremy Woods

Researcher: Dr Onesmus Mwabonje

Adaptation and Mitigation through Bio-Succinate Innovation (ADMIT Bio-SuccInnovate).

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EUROCHAR (2011-14)

Funding: European Commission 7th Framework Programme
PI: Dr Jeremy Woods

Researcher(s): Dr Mireille Rack

Assessing the potential environmental impacts of European biochar systems – biochar production for land application as a potential Carbon Dioxide Removal option.

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