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School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

Chemical engineers have been described as "universal engineers" for their multidisciplinarity, versatility and diverse involvement in the development of new manufacturing technologies. Analytical scientists can equally be regarded as 'universal scientists', since all scientific research and quality control relies on their specialist knowledge in measurement and analysis.

Keywords: 
Chemicals, Engineering

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Prof Sabine Flitsch

Research interests:

Glycosciences, Biocatalysis, Monooxygenases, Protein-Ligand Interactions

Keywords: 
Biocatalysis, Chemicals, Chemistry, Biology, Health, Food

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Prof Matthew Cobb

My laboratory studies how the sense of smell works. To do this we use a rather unusual animal - a maggot. You and I have about 4 million smell cells in our noses. A maggot has just 21, and by using genetics we can make a maggot with just a single smell cell in its nose. By studying the behaviour of these animals, and the electrical activity of their smell cells, we can understand how smells are processed in the nose and in the brain. Not only does a maggot have a brain, the bits of its brain that process smells are wired up just like ours.

Keywords: 
Behaviour, Genetics, Smell, Health, Chemicals, Biology, History, Education, Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development

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Prof Jason Micklefield

The Micklefield lab is engaged in Chemical Biology and Synthetic Biology research tackling diverse challenges at the Chemistry-Biology interface utilising techniques and knowledge from organic and biological chemistry through to molecular microbiology and genetics. The main research themes include: 1) Nucleic acid redesign and recognition (including Riboswitches); 2) Biocatalysis and enzyme mechanism; 3) Biosynthesis and biosynthetic pathway engineering.

Keywords: 
Chemicals, Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Biocatalysis, Biosynthesis

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Prof Liz Sheffield

My research concerns mosses, liverworts and ferns in both natural and artificial environments. I am very interested in the reproductive processes of non-flowering plants, sporing behaviour in particular. Several current projects relate to conservation, including work on the environmental impact of herbicides.

Keywords: 
Plants, Biology, Conservation, Biodiversity, Environment, Impact, Chemicals, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Dr Louise Natrajan

My research interests lie in the area of coordination chemistry and spectroscopy of the f-elements. Current research in the group centres on the development of an understanding of the chemistry and electronic properties of the actinide ions in unusual oxidation states.

Keywords: 
Chemicals, Metals, Materials, Spectroscopy, Evaluation, Monitoring

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Prof Colin Webb

Since establishing the Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering in 1994, Professor Webb's research activities have largely been directed towards the application of process engineering concepts to grain processing systems. Much of this work is being undertaken to investigate the possible future role of cereals and other solid biomass as raw materials for industrial chemicals.

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Biomass, Renewable energy, Chemistry, Engineering, Sustainability, Food, Chemicals, Production, Teaching, Education