Globally, one-third of food produced is wasted. The food and drink industry also generates large quantities of solid waste and wastewater; these streams have been regarded as waste however, they represent great potential for resource recovery.
We push the boundaries of Engineering and Sciences, and develop exciting interdisciplinary research, including computational and experimental work to understand, develop and optimise new waste-to-resource technologies to efficiently recover carbon and nutrients from waste streams and unlock resource-circular manufacturing.
The plant-sourced and animal-sourced proteins are not only carbon-intensive but also vulnerable to extreme events. This combined with increasing protein demands and hunger pandemics (e.g. FAO-projected over 840 million undernourished population by 2030) highlight the complex challenge on providing protein security within the environmental boundaries.
We collaborate with our wonderful colleagues from academics and industry, we discover, develop and optimise resource-reaction of waste-to-protein innovations to meet human food and animal feed demands. Here the waste is not really waste but low-value food or feed-safe streams derived from manufacturing processes or agriculture residues, such as wheat and rice straw.
SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS OPTIMISATION
A range of environmental issues including climate change, land and water resource depletion are challenging our future in particular food security and sustainability. We develop new modelling tools and algortihms based on machine learning, computational simulation and mathematical optimisation to discover and optimise our future biorenewable systems including sustainable food solutions.