Institutes and centres:

Cell wall lignin

Lignin is a strengthening and waterproofing polymer that encrusts the sugar-based polymers in plant cell walls, making them hard to access for biofuel production. Our challenge is to discover how the properties of lignin in barley straw can be changed, to make it easier to produce biofuel (or bioenergy) from this waste material without having any detrimental effects on the yield or quality of the crop.

Aims and objectives

We aim to help make second generation biofuels both feasible and competitive by:

Key resources and technologies

Programme lead

Associated programme members

External contact

Professor Claire Halpin, BSBEC Cell Wall Lignin Programme, University of Dundee at SCRI


Tel: +44 (0)1382 568505