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SERC Members

Academics

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Professor Alan Guwy is the Head of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) the largest research Centre at the University of South Wales (USW). He has carried out research in the areas of sustainable energy and environment science and engineering for more than 30 years. Currently his research interests are on the renewable hydrogen production, hydrogen energy systems and the optimization of biological and bioelectrochemical systems for the recovery of energy and high value products from industrial syngases, waste and biomass.

Professor Guwy is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and a Chartered Member of both the Institute of Water and Environment, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He sits on a number of executive boards including Sêr Cymru, and the National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment, and is a scientific advisory committee member for MaREI, the world-leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute.

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Dr Christian Laycock's research investigates the application of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology to the utilisation and disposal of renewable and waste gas feedstocks. More generally, the aim of his research is to demonstrate the technical benefits and versatility of fuel cell technologies and why they are key to future energy infrastructures alongside other energy technologies.

Dr Gareth OwenDr Gareth Owen, Associate Professor, is Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. His main research interests lie in the chemistry of boron based ligands which act as reversible hydrogen atom stores and the investigation of hydrogen shuttle-type transformations for the development of novel transformations. 

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Dr Jaime Massanet-Nicolau's research interests involve adapting microbial processes to produce fuel and other useful compounds from waste materials and biomass. He develops anaerobic digestion methodologies that can cope with ‘real world’, structurally complex biomass types including, food waste, crop residues and wastewater biosolids. He also collaborates with colleagues in the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) on novel ways to integrate anaerobic digestion with emerging bio-energy technologies such as microbial fuel cells, microbial electrolysis cells and electrochemical separation.

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Dr James Reed is a Senior Lecturer in renewable energy. His research interests include the upgrading of non-conventional methane rich gases such as biogas to hydrogen via steam reforming utilising compact heat exchanger technology, with a focus on modelling of the fuel processing system to optimise thermal integration and reduce the cost of development. He is also involved in developing the use of Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy (FT-NIRS) for use as an online process monitoring and control system for anaerobic treatment processes. 

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Jon Maddy is Senior Lecturer/Hydrogen Centre Manager.

He is the only academic member of the UK Government (BEIS) Hydrogen Advisory Council, and the Green Hydrogen Working Group, with similar positions on the WelshGov Hydrogen Reference Group, and the Low Carbon Vehicle Steering Group. 

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Professor Richard Dinsdale is the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies. His research activities are directed at optimizing microbial cultures for the production of energy either in the form of methane, hydrogen or as electricity directly from bioelectrochemical systems as well as other chemical products such as bioplastics, single cell protein and lipids from low grade biomass resources. This includes either liquid or solids wastes as well as from CO2, H2 and CO gases. He is also interested in the development of novel instrumentation and its implementation in control systems for bioprocess optimization. In recent years Prof Dinsdale has been concentrating on the development of biolectrochemical systems (BES).   

Dr Sandra Esteves_SERCProfessor Sandra Esteves is a Professor in Bioprocess Technology for Resource Recovery: Energy and Materials at the Sustainable Environment Research Centre and also directs the Wales Centre of 

Her research has focused on design, monitoring, modelling, control and optimisation of anaerobic and aerobic processes, sensor development, microbial ecology and profiling, feedstocks and digestates characterisation, pre and post processing, power to gas conversions and biological biogas upgrading, carboxylic acids and polyhydroxyalkanoates production and systems LCA/economics benchmarking. Current interests extend to a wide remit namely the integration of anaerobic bioprocesses in biorefining as well as with a number of other industrial processes and energy systems.

Professor Esteves is the UK Representative in the European Biogas Association's Scientific Advisory Council, and a member of the International Scientific Group for the Swedish Biogas Research Centre, the Industrial Expert Advisory Board for the H2020 Circular Agronomics, the Circular Economy and Innovation Group for Wales, the UK REA Bioenergy Strategy Green Gas Group, and the UK ADBA Cost Competitiveness Task Force. 

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Dr Stephen Carr specialises in modelling, control and optimisation of hydrogen energy storage components.

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Dr Tim Patterson, Associate Professor, specialises in life cycle analysis of renewable gases.

Support Staff

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Emma Blow is the project coordinator. She is responsible for overseeing the management and administration of all SERC projects.

Elaine Rees is the Administration Officer. Elaine has worked at the university since September 2003.  She assists with administration of a number of SERC projects.

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Research Fellows / Students

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Dr Amandeep Kaur is a Research Fellow and her research interest mainly focuses around BES technology for waste water treatment, resource recovery and sensors. It also includes integrating mycology and microbiology in the current focus areas.

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Angela Oliveira is a Research Assistant in Environmental Monitoring. Angela has recently completed a KESS2 PhD in association with Bryn Power Ltd on "Optimisation of Anaerobic Plant Design and Operations for Improved Energy Production and Odour Management"