Prof. Keith Waldron
I am the Director of the Biorefinery Centre at IFR and my current research interests include development of biofuels and platform chemicals from agri-food chain waste biomass, therefore avoiding a conflict with food production. The Biorefinery Centre at the IFR is closely allied with the National Collection of Yeast Cultures, also located at the IFR.
My research interests are focused on the economic exploitation of food chain biomass by characterising the molecular and polymeric structural (cell wall) components and developing IP-novel approaches for their disassembly, modification and exploitation.
This was initiated by research into the exploitation of food-processing waste co-products, which led to the formation of the "Sustainability of the Food Chain Exploitation Platform" and then the Biorefinery Centre at the IFR.
Bioresource Technology 162 p175183
Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.
Carbohydrate Polymers 111 p410-418
Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.04.079
Biorefining of waste paper biomass: Increasing the concentration of glucose by optimising enzymatic hydrolysis at high substrate loads
Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 172 p3621-3634
Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s12010-014-0767-8
Changes in the composition of the main polysaccharide groups of oil seed rape straw following steam explosion and saccharification
Biomass and Bioenergy 61 p121-130
Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.12.003
New advances in the integrated management of food processing by-products in Europe: Sustainable exploitation of fruit and cereal processing by-products with the production of new foods (NAMASTE EU)
New Biotechnology 30 (6) p647-655
Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.nbt.2013.08.009
Spontaneous mutation reveals influence of exopolysaccharide on Lactobacillus johnsonii surface characteristics
PLoS ONE 10.1371/ pjournal.pone.0059957
Impact of hydrothermal pre-treatment to chemical composition, enzymatic digestibility and spatial distribution of cell wall polymers
Bioresource Technology 138 p156-162
Biomass & Bioenergy 51 p17-25
High concentrations of cellulosic ethanol achieved by fed batch semi simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of waste-paper.
Bioresource Technology 134 p117-126
Characterization of cell wall components of wheat straw following hydrothermal pretreatment and fractionation
Bioresource Technology 131 p226-234
Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fibre 1 (1) p21-37
Biomass & Bioenergy 47 p354-361
Publisher’s version: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.09.025
Impact of steam explosion on biogas production from rape straw in relation to changes in chemical composition
Bioresource Technology 123 (11) p608-615
Environmental and Health Perspectives 120 (11) p1520-1526
CHEMSUSCHEM 5 (9) p1694-1697
George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, toured the Biorefinery Centre on a visit to the Norwich Research Parkmore +
Scientists at the Institute of Food Research are helping in the expansion and diversification of mushroom cultivation in Uganda.more +
Researchers at IFR are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. Preliminary findings are pointing at ways the process could be made more efficient, as well as how the straw itself could be improved.more +
The Institute of Food Research is hosting an international conference exploring the latest breakthroughs in research into better ways of exploiting waste and co-products from agriculture and food production. Total Food 2014, 11th-13th November, is the fourth in a series of conferences focused on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste.more +
Ian Wood is attending Parliament to present his science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain. Ian’s poster on research about using oilseed rape straw for bioethanol production will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.more +