Microalgal Biotechnology in Wales – Technology Review and Road Map
This report was carried out by the Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research, Swansea University, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government Academic Expertise forBusiness (A4B) scheme.Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research (CSAR)
CSARis a recently established (2005) knowledge transfer centrelocated at Swansea University, focused on developing andtransferring integrated aquaculture technologies for a diverserange of commercially important aquatic plant and animalspecies, for both food and non-food applications. A teamof research and technical support staff operates from amodern facility housing a series of state of the art controlled-environment laboratories.
Dr Robin Shields
is Director of the Centre for SustainableAquaculture Research. He obtained his honours degree inZoology/Marine Biology and PhD (1990) in Marine Biologyfrom University of Wales, Bangor. He has been engaged inapplied aquaculture research throughout his career, withinthe UK Sea Fish Industry Authority and subsequently as FinshProgram Manager at the Oceanic Institute Hawaii, beforejoining Swansea University in 2003. His current researchinterests encompass dietary alternatives to industrial shmealand sh oil in formulated aquaculture feeds; water qualitycontrol and efuent management in recirculating aquaculturesystems; and optimisation of microalgae biomass production inenclosed photobioreactors.
Prof. Kevin Flynn
is a research professor in the School of theEnvironment and Society, Swansea University (honours degreein Marine Biology and PhD in Algal Physiology, University ofWales). Prof, Flynn’s research is centred on the developmentof mechanistic models describing multi-nutrient interactionsbetween plankton functional groups, with applications tooceanic impacts of climate change and optimal congurationand operation of microalgae production systems.
Dr Bob Lovitt
is a senior lecturer in the School of Engineeringat Swansea University (PhD in Applied Microbiology fromCardiff). His research is carried out within the Centre forComplex Fluids Processing, encompassing design andoperation of bioreactors, downstream bioprocessing includingmembrane technologies, membrane fouling and watertreatment systems, and recovery of fractionated bioproducts.
Dr Chris Greenwell
is Addison Wheeler Fellow at DurhamUniversity and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centrefor Computational Science, University College London. Heundertook his PhD (2003) in the Materials Chemistry Group,Cambridge under the supervision of Professor W. Jones wherehe worked on hybrid organic-inorganic materials. His currentresearch interests focus on the structure and behaviour oforgano-mineral systems, including heterogeneous catalysis toproduce biofuels from microalgae biomass. He is a consultantto both industry and government on microalgae biofueltechnology and, whilst at Bangor University, Wales, was aco-investigator and manager on a large industry microalgae-to-biofuel project.
Dr Ian Ratcliffe
is currently a Post Doctoral Research Assistantat the Centre for Water Soluble Polymers, Glyndwr University,Wrexham. Possessing a background in biopolymers anda keen interest in biofuels and “green chemistry”, he waspreviously employed at the School of Ocean Sciences, BangorUniversity. As a chemist his input included the development ofextraction techniques within the algal biofuels sector.
Dr Paul Facey
obtained his honours degree in EnvironmentalBiology and a Ph.D. in plant population biology from theUniversity of Wales, Swansea. During his postgraduate studieshis interests were in the effects of natural and anthropogenichabitat fragmentation on the apportionment of genetic diversityin plant populations, as well as the interactions between nativeand non-native species. Furthermore, his interests also involvedthe study of evolving reproductive strategy in isolated plants inthe British ora. More recently, his postdoctoral studies haveinvolved the study of DNA protection proteins in Streptomycescoelicolor.
Ms Rebecca Jarvis
obtained her MSc. Conservation andLand Management (2007-2008) and BSc. Marine Biology(Hons) (2005-2007) at Bangor University. She has contributedto various academic and industrial research and consultancyprojects in a range of specialist elds, including theenvironmental impacts of drilling uids, marine naturalproducts, and marine biofuel technologies. Ms Jarvis hasworked as a research technician within the Blue BiofuelsGroup at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University.