Industrial biotechnology is a rapidly growing sector that requires engineers and scientists with multi-disciplinary skills. New research and development is required to support the companies with disruptive and more efficient technologies. The research group has academics with interests that cover:
- Biocatalysis and biotransformations
- Chemicals from biorenewables
- Biowaste treatment
- Bioenergy and biorefining.
The group has strong links and collaborations with industry and other academic institutions and is informed by their needs alongside. Members of the group are expert in modelling and simulation in multi-phase computational fluid dynamics.
The Industrial Biotechnology group has strengths that were recognised with the award of an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy. This has a cohort of around 10 postgraduate students per year and enjoys an active research and training program informed by collaboration of the academic and industry groups.
The group has collaborations with industry, academic and other institutions that include: AstraZeneca, GSK, Pfizer, Biome, Fiberight, Prozomix, Covance, Fujifilm-Diosynth, Biorenewables Development Centre and Biovale in York, CoEBio3 in Manchester, CPI and Catapult.
If you are interested in collaborating with us or joining our research team, please contact Professor John Blacker.
We have opportunities for prospective PhD students including a number of studentships. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor John Blacker.