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Overview

I am a microbiologist with research interests in environmental microbiology. My primary interests are microbial remediation of xenobiotic-contaminated land, microbial bioleaching of Critical Raw Materials from WEEE and the production of biofuels by microorganisms. Recently supervised projects include studies on the effects of culture conditions on potential levels of biodiesel production by algal species, screening of actinomycetes as antagonists of fungal phytopathogens and the characterisation and optimisation of methanogenic populations in biogas plants. Current preliminary trials on microbial bioaccumulation of metals from waste PCBs represents the initial stages of developing novel remediation techniques for this growing global pollution problem.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Bioremedition of organic contaminants (e.g. polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons) in soil systems
  • Bioleaching of metals from WEEE
  • Optimisation of biofuel prdouction by microalgae

Current research activities

  • Director of Studies for PhD project (Microbial mining of E-waste)
  • WEEE Collection and CRM Recovery Trials (Waste and Resources Action Programme Project)

Desired research direction

Environmental microbiology with an emphasis on microbial-derived biofuels and remedition/recovery of xenobiotics from the environment.

 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Mycology
  • Bacteriology

 

Target collaborative companies

Re-Tek UK Ltd, Environmental Reclamation Services Ltd, Enscape Consulting Ltd

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Poster

Microbial diversity in soils from antimony mining sites: geochemical control promotes species enrichment

Deng, R., Tang, Z., Hou, B., Wang, Z., Zhu, C., Kelly, S. & Hursthouse, A., 24 Feb 2020, In : Environmental Chemistry Letters. 18, 3, p. 911-922 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    WEEE collection and CRM recovery trials: piloting a holistic approach for Scotland

    Hursthouse, A., Kelly, S., McPherson, W., Menzies, B., Mirzaeian, M., Wood, D., Hendry, S. & Abbas, Q., 26 Sep 2018, In : Global NEST Journal. 20, 4, p. 712-718 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    WEEE collection and CRM recovery trials: piloting a holistic approach for Scotland

    Hursthouse, A., Kelly, S., McPherson, W., Menzies, B., Mirzaeian, M. & Wood, D., Sep 2017, CEST 2017 15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology: Rhodes, Greece, 31 August to 2 September 2017. Global Network on Environmental Science and Technology, 3 p. CEST2017_00

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    Enterprise development

    Kelly, S., 15 Jun 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • Activities

    • 2 Consultancy
    • 1 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition
    • 1 Oral presentation

    WEEE collection and CRM recovery trials: piloting a holistic approach for Scotland

    Andrew Hursthouse (Invited speaker), , Steven Kelly (Speaker), , William McPherson (Speaker), , Brian Menzies (Speaker), , Mojtaba Mirzaeian (Speaker), , Donna Wood (Speaker), , Stephen Hendry (Speaker), & Qaisar Abbas (Speaker)

    2 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    looking for precious metals in electronic junk

    Steven Kelly (Contributor), , Andrew Hursthouse (Contributor), , Donna Wood (Contributor), , Mojtaba Mirzaeian (Contributor), , Stephen Hendry (Contributor), & Qaisar Abbas (Contributor)

    8 Jun 2017

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition