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BIODESIGN FOR THE BIOECONOMY

Caption: The faction of biohybrid materials through sensing, actuation, synthesis and form

Petroleum provides the majority of the world's energy and fuel requirements, accounting for approximately 90% of global transportation needs. As a fossil fuel though, it is a finite resource and contributes to pollution and climate change. Cost-effective, viable alternatives are crucially needed to replace the use of petroleum on a large scale. Transitioning away from a petroleum society requires the creation of a competitive, innovative and sustainable bio-based economy.

Biodesign for the Bioeconomy explores and exploits molecular biosystems to develop transformative solutions for a more sustainable and healthy society. It will provide a unique, interdisciplinary platform to connect businesses and industries in developing and using molecular bio-based technologies to contribute to an economically and environmentally sustainable society. These will help to tackle global challenges and create opportunities in chemicals, energy and fuel production, materials, health and the environment. 

Currently the core aspects of Biodesign for the Bioeconomy are:

  • Biocatalysis and Bioprocesses
  • Digital Fabrication of Biohybrid Materials
  • Health Technology Innovation

Current PhD Opportunities

Lignin valorisation to value-added chemicals in a net zero carbon bioprocess

Closing Date: 18 February 2022

Biovalorisation of polyethylene plastic waste

Closing Date: 18 February 2022 

Bacterial cellulose as functional material for novel optical fibre biosensor

Closing Date: 18 February 2022 

 

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