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Natural Material Innovation

Sustainable Living

Studying at Cambridge



  1. Principal Investigator
  2. Co-Investigators
  3. Research Associates
  4. Support staff
  5. External collaborator

Principal Investigator

Michael H. Ramage, MArch, PhD
  • Senior University Lecturer (sabbatical leave for the academic year 2014-15)
  • Fellow of Sidney Sussex College
  • Director of Studies for Sidney Sussex College
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Professor Paul Dupree
  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Tutor for Graduate Students
  • Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Biological)
Professor Paul Linden
  • G.I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics, DAMTP
  • Emeritus Fellow of Downing
  • Blasker Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
Professor Oren A. Scherman
  • Director of Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis
  • Chair in polymer chemistry

Research Associates

Dr Darshil U. Shah
  • Research Associate
  • Materials science and technology
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Dr Eleni Toumpanaki
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate
Dr Guanglu Wu
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate
  • (Polymer; Physical Chemistry; Supramolecular Chemistry)
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Dr Li Yu , Post-doctoral Research Associate
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate
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Support staff

Mutsuko Grant
  • Research Administrator
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External collaborator

Henry Burridge , Dr
  • Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Faculty of Engineering,
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr Marta Busse - Wicher
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate
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George Fereday , MA RCA
  • Senior Lecturer, The CASS School of Architecture
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Dr Rob Foster
  • Senior Lecturer
  • School of Civil Engineering
  • University of Queensland
Dr Thomas Reynolds, MEng PhD CEng MICE
  • Chancellor's Fellow
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A strategy to improve the processing of softwood to sustainable biomaterials and biofuels

Sep 21, 2017

In a paper recently published in Biotechnology for Biofuels we are looking at a possible way to improve the processing of timber derived from conifers to feedstock used for sustainable manufacturing of novel biomaterials and biofuels. Softwood, as any other timber, is predominantly composed of plant secondary cell walls - an intricate matrix of polysaccharides and phenolic compounds which surround wood cells. Due to abundance of trees, plant secondary cell walls are the largest, renewable, resource of bioenergy on the planet.

Green method developed for making technical fibres

Sep 07, 2017

The team at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation has designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk and viscose rayon, and is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98% water.

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