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A BBSRC-funded network that promotes collaborations between industry and academia.

This Durham, Kent and Manchester Universities-led network is one of six phase II BBSRC NIBB, announced in November 2018 and has the following objectives:

The Network brings together scientific communities working on metals in biology to accelerate research relevant to industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. Almost a half of the reactions of life are catalysed by metals. This means a large proportion of bio-industries depend directly, or indirectly, on the catalytic activities of metals in proteins. Academic members work with biomanufacturing and bioenergy sectors to enhance metalloenzyme activities to generate new products and increase the profitability and sustainability of existing products. Company members work with academia to valorise metal-contaminated wastes, bio-remediating and bio-recovering metals in valuable forms – an important contribution to a sustainable circular economy. We have a flyer that summarises the Network.

Membership is open and free throughout the duration of the network. You can join the Network by completing a membership form.

You can also access the beta-versions of a metalation calculator with some further details on the resources pages.


Bio-recovery of technology-relevant metals: 12-14 December 2023, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Manchester. Attendance, meals and overnight accommodation are free of charge for E3B members. Use this booking form to register.


Early career researcher fellowship planning visit fund up to £2k

Collaboration-building workshop fund up to £5k

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