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Elizabeth Bell joined NREL in 2022. Her current research focus is on the discovery, engineering, and optimization of enzymes for the biocatalytic recycling of nylons and polyurethanes. Her doctoral work focused on the directed evolution and engineering of plastic degrading enzymes with an emphasis on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET). 

Research Interests

Biocatalytic recycling 
Enzyme engineering 
Plastic degradation and upcycling  

Professional Experience

Lecturer Assistant, University of Manchester (2020–2022)

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Bachelor, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

PhD, Directed Evolution of PET Degrading Enzymes, University of Manchester


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