The activities of this theme are concerned with research into the processing of, and extraction of chemicals from, biomass and the development of synthetic routes to organic and inorganic chemicals and materials starting from renewable resources whilst 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. The group uses 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; and synthesis of sustainable polymers.
The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) and their Biorenewables Development Centre provides this group with a proven pipeline for the translation of fundamental research in green chemistry into sustainable commercial products.