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An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge
Research interests
Semi-artificial photosynthesis, (photo)electrochemistry, chemical biology, materials chemistry, 3D-printing, biofilm chemistry
Current research
Our goal is to develop smart bio-hybrid approaches that can serve as tools to understand complex biological systems and as a platform to launch new biotechnologies to address a range of societal needs (including for renewable energy generation, carbon capture, precision farming, environmental sensing, and medicine). Currently, we are focused in sustainable photo-energy conversion and electrochemical biofilm eradication. We work at the intersection of many disciplines, including physics, synthetic biology, chemical biology, engineering and material science; however, at the heart of our work is electrochemistry.
Presently, one of our main goals is in the unraveling of natural photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the primary route by which solar energy is harnessed on Earth (it is responsible for sustaining 99% of this planet's ecosystems), and key in regulating our planet's carbon, nitrogen and oxygen cycles. Despite its importance, there remain significant knowledge gaps in the redox chemistry and electron transport pathways within photosynthesis. Moreover, photosynthetic organisms have evolved impressive and sustainable mechanisms for converting Earth abundant resources (sunlight, carbon dioxide and water) into complex organic matter. As such, scientists of all disciplines are trying to understand and exploit their complex chemistry to benefit agriculture, the environment, and to provide clean energy.
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David Phillips Fellow and Group Leader (Department of Chemistry)
Semi-artificial photosynthesis, (photo)electrochemistry, chemical biology, materials chemistry, 3D-printing, biofilm chemistry
Antifouling and biofilm research in the context of anti-microbial resistance

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