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Studying at Cambridge



Research in Cambridge is tackling the highly complex issue of bioenergy with a holistic approach. We are bringing together a wide spectrum of experts, including biologists (plant scientists, biochemists and conservation scientists), engineers, chemical engineers and economists. Our aim is to develop forms of bioenergy that are sustainable, ethically and socially responsible and do not compete with food crops.

Lignocellulosic Bioenergy

The Dupree Lab 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. Second generation biofuels avoid use of precious food resources, have a greater potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and use plant raw material that is cheap and abundant.

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Algal Biotechnology Consortium (ABC)

The Algal Biotechnology Consortium (ABC; formerly Algal Bioenergy Consortium) involves a large multidisciplinary group of scientists who aim to use algae (including cyanobacteria and other photosynthetic bacteria) for a number of different applications in the biotechnology and bioenergy industry.

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Natural Material Innovation

The Leverhume Trust sponsored Natural material innovation for sustainable living five-year Research Programme Grant of £1.75 million brings together scientists, engineers, and architects to develop new natural materials capable of providing a renewable and energy-efficient alternative to traditional manufactured materials.

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