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John M. Woodley is a bioprocess engineer who has had an interest in the biological synthesis of useful chemicals, using biocatalysis and fermentation for that last 30 years. His research is at the interface of bioprocess engineering, process chemistry and reaction engineering. It includes both theoretical and experimental work at different scales:

  • Multi-step biocatalysis, including systems biocatalysis and flow chemistry

  • Downstream processing from biocatalytic reactors and fermentations, including ISPR

  • Modelling tools for the assessment of bioprocesses, including thermodynamics, kinetics, process simulation, economic evaluation

  • Bio-oxidations, including oxygen supply methods

Enzymes currently under investigation include alcohol oxidases, carbohydrate oxidases, cytochrome P450s, Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases and transaminases.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


  • User defined:
  • enzymatic synthesis of pharmaceuticals
  • chemicals from renewable resources
  • Enzyme and bioprocess technology
  • enzyme kinetics
  • biocatalytic reactor design
  • bioprocess design
  • chemo-enzymatic synthesis


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