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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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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