January 16, 2019

This Autumn I was lucky enough to spend a month in Stephen Mayfield’s laboratory at University of California, San Diego. Steve is Director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology and Co-director of Food and Fuel for the 21st Century (https://ff21.ucsd.edu). Th...

October 26, 2018

A group of Sheffield architects have been designing and building an algal photobioreactor out of waste materials at a local abandoned school. 

Why? 

Tinsley School is an old Victorian school but was closed recently due to high levels of local pollution (its very close to...

October 26, 2018

The UK currently grows 95,000 tonnes of tomatoes per year, almost all of this is in heated glasshouses. The number of growers has decreased to <40 as the UK moves towards more industrial scale methods, and I was fortunate enough to visit the Teesside site of the UK’s l...

September 24, 2018

We welcome our new PhD student Mengxun Shi from China. Mengxun has a BSc and MSc from Qingdao University of Science and Technology and has developed strong promise in biotechnology, having already co-authored three papers.

Huibin Zou, Mengxun Shi, Tongtong Zhang, Lei Li...

September 21, 2018

Presenting our work on engineering microbial consortia with microalgae as a focal point of resource recovery.

The meeting was largely industry focussed, with emphasis on wastewater and CO2 utilisation on Day 1, followed by presentations on applications on Day 2 (dominat...

August 7, 2018

If inorganic nutrients are being run-off into natural water systems due to intense agricultural practices, why not design an integrated process, where nutrients can be captured by algal biomass and subsequently recycled back onto land? 

What impact could the a...

July 25, 2018

 What an adventure it has been. Nella's thesis entitled "Biotechnology Applications of Microbial Induced Defences: A Scendesmus Species Case Study" sits proudly on my shelf. Watch out for upcoming papers from this work. 

We celebrated over lunch with Nella's wonder...

July 11, 2018

Its sad to say goodbye to such a tremendous member of the research group but we wished Kasia well with lots and lots of pizza. The lab would never have been so well organised without her!

Kasia is off to do a PhD with Dr. Esther Karunakaran in biofilms. We were als...

May 3, 2018

In March, I visited Raul Muñoz and his Gas Treatment and Microalgae research group in Valladolid Spain. The intention was to learn about their work in microalgal cultivation on waste gases from an engineering point of view. I was blown away by the kindness and generosi...

April 6, 2018

Rob Speranza and his team at South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network have done a fantastic job following our NERC Innovation Award over the last year, and thankfully some excellent results 

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