Biocatalysis research group profile

The biocatalysis group at DTU is based in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and is therefore particularly focused on process design, development and implementation. The group is led by Professor John M Woodley with over 25 years of industrial and academic experience. He is a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineering (FIChemE) and the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). Amongst other awards, he was a joint recipient of the Rita and John Cornforth Prize (RSC) in 2010.

Research topics include multi-step biocatalysis, downstream processing, modelling tools for assessment of biocatalytic processes and bio-oxidations. Enzymes currently under investigation include carbohydrate oxidases, monoamine oxidases, cytochrome P450s, lipases, glucose isomerases and ω-transaminases. The group has many international industry and academic collaborations. Recent research projects include P4FIFTY (EC-FP7 MC-ITN), KYROBIO (EC-FP7), INTERACT (EC-FP7), BIOOX (EC-FP7), and the coordinator of BIOINTENSE (EC-FP7).


“The research for this work has received funding from the European Union (EU) project ROBOX (grant agreement n° 635734) under EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme  Research and Innovation actions H2020-LEIT BIO-2014-1”