Our Goal

The overall goal of CCnet is to create a vibrant community of UK researchers who will unravel the biological, chemical and process engineering aspects of gas fermentation as well bringing in those communities working on photosynthetic (cyanobacteria) and autotrophic CO2 utilising chassis as well as exploring the potential of anaerobic digestion as a feedstock generator.

To achieve our goal we are:

  • Bringing together a UK-based cadre of biologists, chemists, computational modellers/mathematicians and process engineers, to better understand and exploit gas fermentation processes for translation into industry.
  • Encouraging participation by feedstock suppliers, technology developers, industry and end-users in the development of the technology.
  • Holding a series of sandpits for the discussion and development of cross-disciplinary research projects, including proof of concept studies, to be funded through pump priming funds administered through the CCnet Management Board.
  • Fostering the development of major integrated grant proposals based on proof of concept studies.
  • Organising annual meetings of the leading scientists from the UK, including overseas representatives, open to the wider UK community, providing an update on the latest research findings.
  • Maintaining this website to provide regular updates and case studies on the research development.
  • Supporting and encouraging participation and development of the PDRAs and students and providing knowledge transfer through workshops and other training activities.

Activities

CCnet provides a number of events and activities to foster and enhance collaboration between industry and academia; inform policy makers; train the next generation of scientists and educate the general public.

Reports

2018, “Opportunities of Methane Fermentation for the UK Bioeconomy”.

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2017, along with BioCatnet, P2P and CBMnet, C1net commissioned a report entitled “Developing Strategy for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the UK”.

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2016, we commissioned a report form E4Tech entitled “The commercial and strategic opportunity offered by gas fermentation in the UK”.

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Workshops

We will hold regular workshops to provide training for PDRAs and PhD students in key enabling technologies, especially areas such as Gene Technologies, Gas Fermentation and Metabolic Modelling. Additional workshops will cater for emerging areas of importance.

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Annual Meetings

We will hold annual meetings, to showcase CCnet activities and invite selected international experts to inform on the global perspective.

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Outreach

We have developed community links, especially to schools through institution specific open days and tailored school visits. Drawing on Synthetic Biology Research Centre – Nottingham experience, we have maximised impact through engagement with events such as the “Big Bang Science Fair”, “Science in the Park”, University Community Open Days and “New Scientist Live”. We have also helped to educate and inform policy makers as well as fostering relationships with key stakeholders who can assist in developing and promoting CCnet activities and outputs.

Together with the University of Nottingham, we have developed an outreach game “Game of Fuels”

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Training

We will support and encourage the participation by, and development of, the PDRAs and students of CCnet members, through participation at sandpit events and the planned annual conferences. In addition, we will encourage young researcher-led joint funding awards between CCnet partner laboratories.

Newsletters

Members receive a quarterly newsletter to learn more about our events, awards and funding opportunities.

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Project Leads

 

Nigel P Minton – CCnet Director

Photo of Nigel MinotonNigel Minton has an international reputation for excellence in advanced molecular methods for the study and exploitation of microbial chassis. He is the Director of the BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) which is focussed on making chemicals and fuels from C1 feedstocks. His research activity ranges from combating bacterial pathogens, through the development of novel cancer therapies to the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels from C1, C3 and C5/C6 feedstocks. He is the PI on a wide range of grants awards, funded by the BBSRC (sLoLa, IB Catalyst & iCASE), Innovate_UK, MRC, NIH and Europe (HORIZON 2020, Marie Curie ETN, ERA-IB and ERA-CoBioTech). He has served on many national committees, is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and has filed 21 patents. He has supervised >40 PhD students, published >150 articles (ca.10000 citations) and has an Scopus h-index of 48. He is the holder of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

The Executive Group

Consisting of the Director and Co-Is, the Executive Group will manage the award of Flexible Funding.

  • Nigel Minton, University of Nottingham (Director)
  • Sonia Heaven, University of Southampton
  • Brigitte Nerlich, University of Nottingham
  • Mark Poolman, Oxford Brookes University
  • Saul Purton, University College London
  • William Zimmerman, University of Sheffield

Management Board

Led by Professor Nigel Minton, our Management Board comprises of the Co-Is, Network Manager and leaders in the field from industry and academia. The Management Board will steer on the strategic direction and oversee the Flexible Fund allocations

Reuben Carr

Reuben Carr is Bioprocess Team Leader at Ingenza, a worldwide leader in the application ofIB and synthetic biology. Ingenza provides efficient scalable bioprocesses to manufacture chemicals,biologics pharmaceutical and biofuels, from sustainable sources.

Sean Simpson

Sean Simpson is the Chief Scientific Officer and Cofounder of LanzaTech, the market leader in the commercialization of gas fermentation technology using steel mill off-gas for the production of low-carbon fuels that do not compromise food or land resources.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith is the VP R&D Biotechnology of INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibres. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, air bags and countless other everyday products.

Stephen Poulston

Stephen Poulston is a research scientist and Team leader at the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, a corporate research centre for Jonhson Matthey. Johnson Matthey is a world leader in catalysts and process technology for the production and conversion of methane and syn-gas.

Tithira Wimalasena

Dr. Wimalasena is a Senior Scientist at Calysta responsible for small to large scale Fermentation activities including newly developed market introduction facilities located at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), at Teesside, in northeast England.
Calysta is developing and commercialising FeedKind® protein, a sustainable, traceable alternative feed ingredient for fish, livestock and pet nutritional products.

 

Outreach

CCnet aims to pass on our expertise to a wider community through activities such as public talks, lab visits, school presentations, workshops, exhibitions and networking events.

Together with the University of Nottingham, we have developed an outreach game “Game of Fuels”

CCnet Member takes part in ‘I’m a Scientist get me out of here’!

Published on 23/08/19 in Outreach

Online event that brings together scientists based in the UK with students

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CCnet at WONDER 2019

Published on 04/07/19 in Outreach

WONDER: A COMMUNITY EVENT TO AMAZE AND INSPIRE

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C1net at FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) 2017

Published on 04/07/18 in Outreach

School children from around the East Midlands aged 9 up to A-Level (Aged 18) attended the event.

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C1net Renewable Energy Workshop 2017 – Paulet High School

Published on 04/07/18 in Outreach

As part of the school’s renewable energy topic we ran two sessions of “Game of Fuels” to Years 7 and 8.

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C1net members present at Nottingham’s Pint of Science 2017

Published on 04/07/18 in Outreach

Pint of Science is an international science festival which takes place annually throughout the UK and other countries.

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C1net at Wonder 2017

Published on 03/07/18 in Outreach

On Saturday 17th June 2017, The University of Nottingham hosted its own Community Open Day

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C1net host Sixth Form Summer Studentships 2017

Published on 03/07/18 in Outreach

Sixth form summer placements at the SBRC- Nottingham, supervised by C1net member Dr Sam Bryan

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C1net at New Scientist Live 2017

Published on 03/07/18 in Outreach

A major science public engagement event at the Excel centre in London in September 2017

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C1net at Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity 2018

Published on 03/07/18 in Outreach

The Festival of Science and Curiosity is now in its 4th year, and is produced by an enthusiastic collaboration of Nottingham organisations.

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C1net at Science in the Park 2018

Published on 03/07/18 in Outreach

March 8th-18th 2018 is British Science Week – a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths across the UK.

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