Biopolymers are a class of advanced functional materials with the potential to address several future grand challenges that include an aging population and future food shortages. The Biopolymer Research Centre has three main themes: Foods, Drug delivery and Biomaterials, and Extraction and Analysis.
The overall strategy of the Centre is to characterise and understand the fundamental and applied aspects of biopolymer behaviour using a "from source to application approach" whereby biopolymers are extracted, chemically characterised, physically characterised, engineered and potential applications evaluated. We also utilise commercially available biopolymers for new applications in food, pharmaceutical and biomedical technology
Implement an interdisciplinary research structure with an international network to maximise the chances of addressing the grand challenges associated with the health and wellbeing of a rapidly rising global population.
If you would like to know more about our areas of expertise or wish to discuss research opportunities with the Biopolymer Research Centre then please contact:
Centre Director: Professor Alan Smith
School of Applied Sciences
University of Huddersfield
Tel: 01484 472305