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Prof Colin Webb

Professor of Chemical Engineering

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.

The vast majority of grains are produced for food or feed purposes, but there is an increasing interest in industrial uses, including the production of biofuels. Recent research efforts have been directed towards the establishment of biomass based biorefineries. Such biorefineries will, in the relatively near future, play a major role in the sustainable development of a successful post-petroleum era.

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Design Project 3 - Part 1, 2 and 3

Evaluate environmental impact; considers plant-wide process aspects such as safety, health and environment as well as overall process integration


Biorefinery Engineering

Industrial production of chemicals and fuels from sustainable feedstocks requires cost-competitive strategies for processing bio-based raw material.

Bioenergy, Biofuel innovation


Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture

Welcome to the Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture (CoEBio3) website. The CoEBio3 is the UK’s new organisation designed to provide a world-class scientific environment in which the necessary research and development can be carried out to create new biocatalyst-based processes to meet the changing needs of industry in the next 10-20 years.

Biocatalysis, Biology, Biochemistry