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Total Food 2020: addressing global challenges

Following on from our last blog which introduced the origins of the event and its evolution,  Jo Gregory talks to Dr Eleanor Binner, Associate Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and conference chair for Total Food 2020, about the theme for this year’s conference and the importance of getting maximum value from every part of …

Total Food 2020: maximising value from the food chain

Total Food 2020 is taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham from the 14th-17th April 2020. The conference is sponsored by the Green Chemicals Beacon and the Future Food Beacon and will bring together industrialists, academics, policy-makers and charities with the common goal of protecting the environment and promoting human and animal …

Fermenting the unfermentable: the power of microwaves

Eleanor Binner and John Robinson are Associate Professors in Environmental and Chemical Engineering. They are both members of the Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies research group and the Green Chemicals Beacon. In this interview, Ellie and John talk to Jo Gregory about their groundbreaking research using microwave technology. What is your role here and …

Jon loves Techno…Economic Analysis

Jon McKechnie is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Processing Technologies and Associate Director leading the Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment research programme for the Green Chemicals Beacon. His research focuses on developing and identifying cost-effective resource utilisation strategies to contribute to environmental sustainability objectives. In this interview, Jon talks to Jo Gregory about his research, …

There are many shades of green: Why BEACON and Beacon are the perfect partnership for a sustainable future.

In this post, Professor Pete Licence, Deputy Director of the Green Chemicals Beacon, and Director of the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry and the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry talks to Jo Gregory about his recent trip to BEACON, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre. What was the …

Successful Biorefining: Focus on the ‘brass’ first, then the ‘muck’

By Dr Simon Gerrard, Business Partnerships Manager for the Green Chemicals Beacon, Industrial Biotechnology and Sustainable Chemistry. The bioeconomy is coming. Fast. Radically reducing our reliance on fossil-based resources is vital to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Likewise, protecting our valuable resources in the face of increasing populations and their demands for material-based lifestyles …

Dottorini does data: introducing our Green Chemicals research team

Tania Dottorini is an Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics and an Associate Director for the Green Chemicals Beacon. Tania leads a team of scientists working across computational science, machine learning, bioinformatics and systems biology, and leads the computational chemistry research programme for the Green Chemicals Beacon. In this interview, Tania talks to Jo Gregory about her …