Bio Nano Consulting (BNC) has announced the signing of two consultancy agreements with academics based at China's Tsinghua University.
Prof George Guo-Qiang Chen and Prof Quan-Shui Zheng will contribute their microbial and nano-technological expertise.
With over 20 years R and D experience in microbial physiology, microbial production and applications, Prof Chen has developed 23 patented technologies with a further 29 patents pending.
His technologies have been supplied to companies specialising in mass production of microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA).
He has specialised in microbial metabolic engineering and biomaterials since joining Tsinghua University in 1986.
Dr Zheng has been professor at the Department of Engineering Mechanics in Tsinghua University since 1993 and is the current departmental chair.
He is also the founder and director of the Centre for Nano and Micro Mechanics (CNMM) at Tsinghua University.
His research interests include nanomechanics, nanodevices, micro- and nano-bionics, mechanics of heterogeneous materials and damage mechanics.
Additionally, his focus includes constitutive equations, including composites, polymers, biomaterials, teeth, polycrystals and ceramics, the theory of representations for tensors and tensor functions, mechanics of anisotropic behaviour and rational mechanics.