Biomass Science and Technology

Increased utilisation of biomass in our society is essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change

Biomass Science and TechnologyThe research group, Biomass Science and Technology, contributes to both fundamental and applied aspects of the sustainable utilisation of biomass for materials, chemicals, and bioenergy by the creation of knowledge and development of technologies within this subject area.

This includes a fundamental understanding of the chemistry and physical properties of the cell walls in plants, and how this intricate biocomposite interacts with external factors (e.g. biological agents, chemicals, catalysts, and water) during processing or use. It also includes studies of molecular level interactions, between plant cell wall polymers and fungi, enzymes, water, and chemical reagents, as well as attention to sustainability aspects, as technologies are transferred from laboratory scale to industrial scale biomass utilisation.