We promote the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry into new products and processes.

Our research examines the processing of biomass and extraction of chemicals. We're also concerned with developing synthetic routes to organic and inorganic chemicals and materials starting from renewable resources while avoiding the use of endangered elements and feedstocks.

A particular focus is on the use of waste biomass and/or carbon dioxide as sustainable feedstocks. We use key enabling technologies, including catalysis, flow chemistry, and microwave heating to develop energy, mass and time-efficient processes. 

Specific research areas include:

  • green and sustainable solvents
  • microwave enhanced biomass processing
  • CO2 utilisation
  • development and applications of bio-derived mesoporous carbons
  • synthesis of sustainable polymers.
The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence and Biorenewables Development Centre provide our group with a proven pipeline for the translation of fundamental research in green chemistry into sustainable commercial products.


Name Expertise

James Clark

  • Green chemistry

Tom Farmer

  • Green chemistry
  • Bio-based chemicals and materials
  • Clean synthetic methods

Gideon Grogan

  • Structure, function and application of novel biocatalysts

Duncan Macquarrie

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Green chemistry: development and applications of novel organic-inorganic hybrid materials

Avtar Matharu

  • Green and sustainable chemistry: biobased chemicals, processes and materials

Michael North

  • Green organic chemistry
Alison Parkin
  • Electrochemical insights into redox-active metalloproteins, bacterial metabolism and catalysis
Anne Routledge
  • Bio-organic chemistry

Seishi Shimizu

  • Solvents, solvation, and solubility
  • Statistical thermodynamics of biomolecules, drugs and food