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A strategy to improve the processing of softwood to sustainable biomaterials and biofuels
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
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.
New journal article published by Professor Dupree
Cambridge Science Festival 2017 Natural Material Innovation
New publication in the Nature Communication: Folding of xylan onto cellulose fibrils in plant cell walls revealed by solid-state NMR
"Top of the tree: the case for wooden skyscrapers is not barking" in the Economist.
A New article published in Cambridge University Science Magazine Bluesci
The Festival of Plants 2016
Timber towers could transform London’s skyline
London’s first timber skyscraper could be a step closer to reality this week after Michael Ramage and Rob Foster presented Mayor of London Boris Johnson with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300metre high wooden building integrated within the Barbican.
The Guardian article: Seashells or spider silk: how nature could transform the structure of cities
New publication: Xylan decoration patterns and the plant secondary cell wall molecular architecture
Professor Paul Dupree: Highly Cited Researcher
the 8th Plant Biomechanics International Conference report (Darshil Shah)
Workshop with Industry

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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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