Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy




Energy is one of our 10 main research themes. Find out about what we do, and which members of staff are involved.

The continuing use of fossil fuels is resulting in catastrophic effects on the global environment. There is an increased accumulation of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. 

Despite our dependence on this source of fuel, the availability of fossil fuels will rapidly dwindle. It is predicted to run out completely by the end of the century.

Our research

We aim for the ability to engineer organisms to produce energy in a sustainable fashion. This is one of the most attractive applications of synthetic biology. 

Research in this area is wide-ranging. It includes the production of biofuels. It also includes the engineering of cells to produce electricity from sunlight or other energy sources.

Find out about our research theme staff members.


Find out which members of staff are involved in the Energy research theme.

Dr David Bolam
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8711

Professor Thomas Curtis
Professor of Environmental Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6690

Dr Richard Daniel
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3239

Professor Harry Gilbert
Strategic Research Adviser

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8800

Professor Neil Gray
Professor of Geomicrobiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4887

Professor Keith Scott
Professor of Electrochemical Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8771