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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

 

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology has long recognised the need for a greater level of commercialisation of public and charity funded research, as well as for educational programmes focused on instilling the enterprise mindset in future generations. Indeed, the Department already has a strong record in facilitating technology transfer from its research platforms to the marketplace: In the last decade, the Institute of  Biotechnology alone has filed around 100 patent applications, established nine successful spin-off companies and have been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its 21st century vision for bio-entrepreneurship.

We believe that the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is a most attractive collaborative partner for joint research with industry. However, we also recognise that our impact from fundamental research in processes, healthcare and materials arises via different routes and cultural pathways. Impact is driven through:

  • Industrial links via consultancy, studentships, contracts and longer term research programmes, which can lead to improved processes, thereby enhancing productivity, competitiveness and wealth creation
  • Entrepreneurship, leading to spin-outs, where CEB has extended this to embrace social and ethical entrepreneurship
  • Clinical relationships resulting from a combination of entrepreneurial and collaborative activities

 

University Enterprise activities:

Latest news

Nanoparticles used to transport anti-cancer agent to cells

16 September 2019

Researchers from our Adsorption and Advanced Materials group have developed a platform that uses nanoparticles known as metal-organic frameworks to deliver a promising anti-cancer agent to cells.

August paper of the month: Ultralow-field nuclear magnetic resonance of liquids confined in ferromagnetic and paramagnetic materials

16 September 2019

Researchers from our department’s magnetic resonance research centre show new insight provided by ultra-low-field techniques.

Our MPhil in Biotechnology wraps up a successful first year

4 September 2019

Our MPhil in Biotechnology 2018-19 course came to an official close last week with their first student cohort presenting their work at the course symposium.