Featured News Stories


The Chemical Engineer: From Slime to Sublime

November 2018

FROM the moment we wake up and gaze at our reflection in the mirror, we consume our first precious resource of the day whilst brushing our teeth. Our languid minds might inquire: is it necessary to leave the tap running? Within minutes we go from resource use to waste production; the cereal or milk has run out – where does the empty plastic bag, box and carton go? Hopefully, in the appropriate recycling bins (if you have them).

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Microbial community engineering project featured in recent CBE Research Magazine

January 2018

"When you next throw your rubbish into a bin

spare a second imagining its journey to a landfill

site, components of it leaching into a pond

and subsequently providing food for our algal

consortia. This will provide multiple resources

for you to meet on a shop’s shelf again!"

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Fixing broken ecosystems: RENEW research featured in NERC magazine

July 12, 2025

"The world’s growing population is increasing demand for resources like food and clean water – but more people means more waste, and that’s having a direct impact on those resources. But all is not lost: Jags Pandhal and colleagues describe a new technique for cleaning up ecosystems that has knock-on economic benefits too."



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Refitting the E.coli 'factory'

April 12, 2025

Escherishia coli cells are able to add sugars to proteins using genes from Campylobacter jenuni. Here we learn that an inverse metabolic engineering approach can improve the efficiency of the process and potentially increase the toolbox of this biopharmaceutical workhorse.