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Adrian Higson
Project Collaborator

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Catharine Jones
Publicity Officer

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Chris De Visser
Business Unit Manager / Business Development

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Chrystelle Verhoest
Project Collaborator

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Dr Carole Llewllyn
Scientific Staff Member

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Dr Efthalia Arvaniti
Project Collaborator

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Dr Kevin Flynn
Scientific Staff Member

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Dr Peter Schiener

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What’s your role within the EnAlgae project?

I will be looking at identifying products from different kelp species to maximise the commercial value of these cultivated seaweeds. This also involves looking at the biogas potential of any left over seaweed residue after extraction.

 

What were you doing before you joined the project?

I have a strong fermentation background and learned the tricks of the trade in the pharmaceutical industry, where I have optimised bacterial and cell culture based fermentation system and transferred them to industrial scale. I studied Chemical Engineering with a focus on anaerobic digestion during the final year of my degree course. This was followed by working for a Biotech start-up company commercialising a new type of anaerobic digester for treating industrial wastes. More recently I did my PhD in Marine Sciences at SAMS in Scotland, where I was also involved in the BioMara project, characterising the chemical profiles of different kelp species and assessing the bioethanol potential of those seaweeds.

 

Why are you interested in EnAlgae?

The EnAlgae project enables me to directly apply my skills to chemically characterise seaweed biomass and develop an anaerobic process for the generation of biogas. In addition, this project also allows me to learn more about seaweed cultivation, an area I believe has a substantial growth potential.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

As I have just started my position literally yesterday the focus will be on identifying potential valuable products from seaweed biomass, develop suitable extraction methods and establish an anaerobic process at the Marine Lab at Portaferry.

 

Tell us something else about yourself!

Like Karen Mooney I also enjoy cooking. I use coastal forages to look for new things and am trying to involve seaweed more in my diet. I have started making cheese last year and want to follow up on it - involving seaweed. I make use of my fermentation background and brew beer whenever possible.

Away from the kitchen you will most likely meet me on my bicycle, exploring the countryside!

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Franziska Kugler
Scientific Staff Member

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Karen Mooney
QUB Project Manager

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Shaun Richardson
Project Co-ordinator

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Sofie Van Den Hende
Project Collaborator

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