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Professor Paul Dupree awarded Advanced Grant from the European Research Council

Magdalenes Postgraduate Tutor and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences, Professor Paul Dupree (1996) has been awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.

Professor Paul DupreeAdvanced Grants are awarded to leading researchers who are established in their field and have a recognised track record of achievements. The ERC is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. The 2021 Advanced Grants competition will see funding worth €624 million going to 253 leading researchers across Europe. 

Professor in Plant Cell Biology in the Department of Biochemistry Professor Dupree researches plant carbohydrates, which are the most abundant biological materials on earth. By understanding their structure and how plants make them his research could reduce the use of fossil fuels and plastics, replacing them with renewable and biodegradable alternatives. 

Professor Dupree is quoted as saying: “Plants fibres in timber, crops and food help us to live healthily and sustainably. This project will allow us to study how the architecture of plant fibres changed over millions of years of evolution. Together with team members developing solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) at the University of Warwick, we aim to support the development and improvement of biodegradable and renewable materials from plants.”