Commercialisation of sunlight-based biochemistry

Join Professor Patrik Jones, online or in person, for his Imperial Inaugural.

We have limited in-person spaces available so please ensure you register in advance via Eventbrite.


Instead of extracting fossil fuels from the ground, could we develop a way to manufacture it using microbes, sunlight and carbon dioxide? Instead of using inefficient fertilizers made from fossil fuels, could we replace them with a microbe that only requires sunlight and air?

The answer to both of those questions is yes, but the path to successful commercialisation (is challenging and) needs to be chosen wisely.

Patrik Jones is Professor of Metabolic Engineering at Imperial College London. His team have developed solutions to some of our big environmental problems using engineered cyanobacteria. These microorganisms are present all around us and are able to fix both carbon dioxide and nitrogen directly from air. In his inaugural lecture he will discuss this work and propose a viable path towards commercialisation.


Patrik Jones is Professor of Metabolic Engineering in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. He obtained his PhD in plant biochemistry from the University of Adelaide in 2001. He has worked in the fields of plant biochemistry (Australia, Denmark, Japan), wine chemistry (Australia), and since 2005 microbial metabolic engineering (Japan, Finland, UK). He was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2011 and moved to Imperial College London at the end of 2013.

He co-founded Arakoon wines in 1999 and acted as head winemaker 1999-2004. His research resulted in the development of C3 Biotechnologies. He co-founded BIO-F Solutions in 2020 and AromatEco and NouriSol in 2021. He mentors for international entrepreneurial programmes and incorporates entrepreneurship education in all his teaching.

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