Tedesco Silvia

  • Senior Lecturer in Engineering - Manchester Metropolitan University

Research interests

I am passionate about the importance of the bioeconomy and that humanity lives in a more sustainable and environmentally cognizant manner. I am playing an active role in achieving these goals through my teaching and, in particular, through my scientific research which is focused on using biomass and waste organic materials to produce the energy, fuels, and chemicals for which we are currently over-reliant on non-renewable resources. In collaboration with a number of international partners from industry and academia, I'm currently expanding my work to circular economy applications for co-production of green platform chemicals and bioenergy from biomass. I’m also an active member of the BBSRC's Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (NIBBs): EBnet (Environmental Biotechnology) and HVB (High Value Biorenewables) networks.

I am part of the low carbon fuels (LCF) cross-disciplinary research group at Manchester Metropolitan University and my research has also featured significant involvement with SMEs, having collaborated with companies in Ireland and the UK. I have secured grants from a number of bodies in the UK and Ireland (e.g. Science Foundation Ireland, BBSRC, Innovate UK, SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub) and am currently preparing for a further round of grant proposal submissions to further advance the art in biomass conversion and valorisation. I am open to collaboration with interested parties that share my enthusiasm for the bioeconomy, particularly in international proposals.