Our GoalThe 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.
ActivitiesCCnet 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.
2018, “Opportunities of Methane Fermentation for the UK Bioeconomy”.
2017, along with BioCatnet, P2P and CBMnet, C1net commissioned a report entitled “Developing Strategy for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in the UK”.
2016, we commissioned a report form E4Tech entitled “The commercial and strategic opportunity offered by gas fermentation in the UK”.
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.
We will hold annual meetings, to showcase CCnet activities and invite selected international experts to inform on the global perspective.
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”
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.
Nigel P Minton – CCnet Director
Nigel 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 BoardLed 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
Dr Ian Archer joined IBioIC as Technical Director in August 2015. Ian is tasked with shaping the IBioIC’s strategy and implanting the business plan for the centre. Specifically, he identifies mechanisms, resources, and techniques for solving industry problems through biotechnology. He is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.
Reuben Carr is Bioprocess Team Leader at Ingenza, a worldwide leader in the application of IB and synthetic biology. Ingenza provides efficient scalable bioprocesses to manufacture chemicals,biologics pharmaceutical and biofuels, from sustainable sources.
Michael Chesshire is a specialist biogas engineer of 44 years standing. His company, Lutra Ltd, provides design services for plug-flowdigesters, and, in partnership with the University of Southampton, is currently carrying out research into the bio-methanation of hydrogenand carbon dioxide.
Louise is the Network Manager for CCnet, she is a BSc graduate in Environmental Science, AXELOS PRINCE2® certified in Project Management and has a Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management (ILM). Louise has over 9 years’ experience of event management.
Professor Sonia Heaven is based at The Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, she is also the director of EBnet also a BBSRC Phase II NIBB. Sonia will oversee of research and developments that aim to improve the biomethanisation process and integration of biogas into scalable gas fermentation processes.
Klaas J. Hellingwerf
Klaas received his master degree in Chemistry from the University of Groningen in 1975, with specializations in biochemistry and microbiology, and his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Amsterdam on “The structure/function relationship of bacteriorhodopsin liposomes” in 1979. His research focuses on the molecular basis of signal transduction and the ensuing physiological responses in micro-organisms. Light-activated signal transduction pathways play a roll-model function in his research, because they allow unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution of this process. Part of the insight obtained in this research is applied in a project aimed at producing biofuel, which led to setting up the spin-off company ‘Photanol BV’ in 2008. As of August 15th, 2015, he is Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam, but continues scientific activities as CSO of Photanol BV.
Brigitte is Emeritus Professor of Science, Language and Society at the University of Nottingham, Institute for Science and Society. She has a background in the humanities and social sciences. She has worked as an interdisciplinary scholar for many years, studying how language, images and culture shape public and political perceptions of science (genetics, genomics, nanotechnology, stem cells, synthetic biology, genome editing, etc.) She blogs at http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/makingsciencepublic/ and tweets @BNerlich
Mark is a Senior Research Fellow, Biological and Medical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. His role in CCnet is to oversee systems approaches to chassis development and organise and run genome scale, metabolic modelling workshops and other NIBBs – data Management.
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.
Saul is Professor of Algal Biotechnology at University College London. His research focusses on the genetic engineering of photosynthetic microorganisms (microalgae and cyanobacteria) for the production of novel products including vaccines, anti-microbials and bioactive metabolites. He is also Director of the partner NIBB, Algae-UK.
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.
Kris currently works as the Platform Director for Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining at CPI. He has a BEng Hons in Chemical and Process Engineering from University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Kris is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), chartered after 5 years post graduation, appointed to Fellow after 16 years of advancing the Art of Chemical Engineering and contributing to the UK industrial landscape.
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.
Professor William Zimmerman, is based at The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield and is the Founder of Perlemax Ltd. William is responsible for chemical engineering and process development for the envisaged scalable processes, and oversight of improvements to reactor design.
OutreachCCnet 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”
C1net Renewable Energy Workshop 2017 – Paulet High SchoolPublished 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.
C1net members present at Nottingham’s Pint of Science 2017Published on 04/07/18 in Outreach
Pint of Science is an international science festival which takes place annually throughout the UK and other countries.
C1net at Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity 2018Published 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.