The core expertise of the Unit of Bioengineering at UCL is Bioprocess Engineering (cellular and cell-free biocatalyst development and implementation, bioreactor design and scale-up) and Environmental Biotechnology (biodegradation, bioremediation, molecular microbial ecology). It encompasses modern laboratory space and a pilot plant, with extensive analytical and molecular biology facilities plus different bioreactors and downstream processing equipment for the cultivation and harvesting of bacteria, fungi, algae and animal cells.
Main tasks in the project
- Microbial and additive formulations for enhanced biodegradation (WP4)
- Applying these formulations into integrated approaches for combatting oil spills (WP6)