Research into marine raw materials and products is undertaken at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering. The overall aim is to add value to underutilised marine raw materials by stabilising and/or isolating valuable constituents such as lipids, proteins and antioxidants. For example, biorefining will be used to try to extract them from algae.
Projects which can contribute to the sustainable preservation and utilisation of the oceans and marine resources are conducted in the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences
. This includes, for example, research into the environmental impact of shipping, such as emissions in water and growth on hulls as well as wrecks that can emit pollutants and research into toxic antifoulants.
Research is under way in the Department for Architecture and Civil Engineering aimed at developing a sustainable and effective method, on a laboratory scale, for cleaning and purifying marine sediment contaminated with tin and organotin pollutants
. The sources of these pollutants include antifouling paints and various port operations. The amount of contaminated sediment is massive and recycling valuable metals from the sediment is of considerable interest from a resource management perspective.