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Read more at: A New article published in Cambridge University Science Magazine Bluesci

A New article published in Cambridge University Science Magazine Bluesci

10 June 2016

A new article "The future of Timber" written by a first year PhD student Jan Lycyzakowski is now published in Cambridge University Science magazine, Blue sic.


Read more at: PhD Studentship Opportunity at Department of Architecture

PhD Studentship Opportunity at Department of Architecture

24 May 2016

The Department is inviting applicants for two PhD studentships commercing 2016. The studentships are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Doctoral Training Studentship Scheme. Application for research undertaken should be in in any EPSRC theme which covers our research area “ Natural...


Read more at: The Festival of Plants 2016
The Festival of Plants 2016

The Festival of Plants 2016

24 May 2016

On 14 May, the Group participated in the Festival of Plants at the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens. We set up several presentations and demonstrations to show the properties of natural materials, including: "Dancing Oats”: We set up a microscope and a monitor to show how a wild oat reacts to water, which explains...


Read more at: Timber towers could transform London’s skyline

Timber towers could transform London’s skyline

12 April 2016

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.


Read more at: The Guardian article: Seashells or spider silk: how nature could transform the structure of cities

The Guardian article: Seashells or spider silk: how nature could transform the structure of cities

8 March 2016

Dr Michael Ramage's comments were included in an article in the Guardian. Read More: Seashells or spider silk: how nature could transform the structure of cities


Read more at: New publication: Xylan decoration patterns and the plant secondary cell wall molecular architecture

New publication: Xylan decoration patterns and the plant secondary cell wall molecular architecture

8 March 2016

New paper has been published. Abstract The molecular architecture of plant secondary cell walls is still not resolved. There are several proposed structures for cellulose fibrils, the main component of plant cell walls and the conformation of other molecules is even less well known. Glucuronic acid (GlcA) substitution of...


Read more at: Professor Paul Dupree: Highly Cited Researcher
Professor Paul Dupree: Highly Cited Researcher

Professor Paul Dupree: Highly Cited Researcher

23 December 2015

The Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list 2015 has been officially published. About three thousand researchers earned the distinction of being included, by publishing a number of papers designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited papers- raking among the top 1% most cited in their subject field and...


Read more at: the 8th Plant Biomechanics International Conference report (Darshil Shah)
the 8th Plant Biomechanics International Conference report (Darshil Shah)

the 8th Plant Biomechanics International Conference report (Darshil Shah)

7 December 2015

Darshil Shah presented a paper on ‘Probing the role of xylan in irreversible deformation of stems of Arabidopsis thaliana ’ at the 8th Plant Biomechanics International Conference in Nagoya, Japan which took place from 30 Nov – 5 Dec 2015. There were over 250 participants at the conference for interdisciplinary exchanges...


Read more at: Workshop with Industry

Workshop with Industry

7 December 2015

On June 12 2015, the group hosted a workshop with the representatives from industry such as forestry, wood product and engineering areas. Our main focuses of the day were reviewing our latest paper and discussing on the direction of the Group and research target. The workshop was very successful. We have received an...


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Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2019

27 June 2019

Come visit us at our 'Timber Towers of Tomorrow' exhibit at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019, London from the 1st to 7th July 2019 (10am to 6pm)

New insight into the structure of building blocks of plant biomass.

6 November 2018

In a paper recently published in Plant Physiology we investigate the structure and function of one of an important component of plant biomass – galactoglucomannan (GGM). The GGM is a polysaccharide, a polymer made from multiple sugar molecules joined together. It is one of the principal components of softwood, wood from...

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

15 June 2018

FLOWER aims to develop innovative flax fibre reinforcements for sustainable composites applications in the marine, automotive and point-of-sale advertising sectors

Professor Paul Dupree named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher

7 December 2017

We are thrilled by the news that Professor Paul Dupree, our project Co-I has been named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher,with the Dupree group’s research among the top 1% most cited works in the field of plant and animal biology. Professor Dupree commented that: “ I’m very proud to be named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher...