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Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

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Chemicals and materials

The traditional chemicals industry relies heavily on finite resources that often have a negative impact on our environment once they reach end of life. Biotechnology brings together skills and knowledge from multiple disciplines to design materials and chemicals that are not only more sustainable, but also more commercially competitive.

Our researchers

Discover the research staff that specialise in chemicals and materials at MIB.

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Our researchers have skills that span organic and synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, enzyme kinetics, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and bioprocessing which are all used to address problems in the materials and chemical industries. Our expertise allows us to translate academic knowledge into practical real-world applications in a wide range of industrial sectors including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and energy. Our research leads to positive impact across society, the environment, and the economy.

We have specific skills that contribute to furthering our knowledge and application in the chemical and materials sphere, they include:

  • Analysing biomolecule structure and function.
  • Bioprocess technology.
  • Discovery, design, and evolution of bio-inspired molecules.
  • Engineering genomes and cells.

You can find out more in-depth information about our skills and capabilities by exploring our areas of expertise.