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Natural Material Innovation

Sustainable Living

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Ian P. Wood

Key Publications

Wood, I.P., Pearson, B.M., Garcia-Gutierrez, E., Havlickova, L., He, Z., Harper, A.L., Bancroft, I. and Waldron, K.W., 2017. Carbohydrate microarrays and their use for the identification of molecular markers for plant cell wall composition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(26), pp.6860-6865.

Wood, I.P., Garcia-Gutierrez, E., Wellner, N. and Waldron, K.W., 2017. Feedstock selection for polymer and chemical production: feedstock-specific recalcitrance. Faraday discussions, 202, pp.391-402.

Wood, I.P., Cook, N.M., Wilson, D.R., Ryden, P., Robertson, J.A. and Waldron, K.W., 2016. Ethanol from a biorefinery waste stream: Saccharification of amylase, protease and xylanase treated wheat bran. Food chemistry, 198, pp.125-131.

Wood, I.P., Cao, H.G., Tran, L., Cook, N., Ryden, P., Wilson, D.R., Moates, G.K., Collins, S.R., Elliston, A. and Waldron, K.W., 2016. Comparison of saccharification and fermentation of steam exploded rice straw and rice husk. Biotechnology for biofuels, 9(1), p.193.

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FLOWER approved by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme

Jun 15, 2018

Development of innovative flax fibre reinforcements for composite applications

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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