Professor Simon McQueen-Mason
Director of Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) Chair in Materials Biology
Simon McQueen Mason leads CNAP, our plant-focussed academic founder. His research focuses on plant cell walls, one of the greatest reserves of fixed carbon on the planet. He works on development of second generation liquid biofuels from plant biomass in three ways: through making cell walls more readily converted into fermentable sugars for alcohol production; discovery of novel enzymes for converting plant biomass into fermentable sugars; investigating the production of liquid biofuels from plant biomass from municipal waste.