Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Fine & Speciality Chemicals

Fine & Speciality Chemicals


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

The production of fine and specialty chemicals has been at the forefront of biotechnology for many years. 

Conventional genetic engineering approaches have produced a variety of chemicals and chemical intermediates. Organisms such as the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and bacteria Bacillus subtilis have been developed.

New techniques and methods have opened up new avenues in industrial strain developments. These include genomic scale modifications to existing organisms, genome scale metabolic modeling. 

Synthetic biology also brings the prospect of new designer organisms. These would be purpose-built for a particular process.

Find out about our research theme staff members.


Find out which members of staff are involved in the Fine and Speciality Chemicals research theme.

Dr Phillip Aldridge
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3218

Professor Jeff Errington FMedSci FRS
Director of the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3235

Professor Bernard Golding
Senior Research Investigator

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6647

Dr Michael Hall
Reader in Organic & Biological Chemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7321

Professor Colin Harwood
Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3221

Professor Andrew Houlton
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6262

Professor Jeremy Lakey
Professor of Structural Biochemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8865

Dr James Stach
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4813

Professor Waldemar Vollmer
Prof of Bacterial Biochemistry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3216

Professor Nikolay Zenkin
Professor of Molecular Biology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3227