Professor Steve Wilkinson


Head of Chemical Engineering (University of C


Tel: +44-(0)1244 513921

Department of Chemical Engineering
The University of Chester
Thornton Science Park

Links: University Profile



I am interested in the integration of wastewater treatment and algal growth for biodiesel and biomethane. Effluent from the activated sludge process and anaerobic digestors can provide nutrients for algal growth. We carry out experimental studies to investigate the best environments for algal growth and lipid production using these waste streams. We use this information in mathematical models to optimise the design of bioreactors and process flowsheets for large-scale production of biofuels and wastewater.

Since 2008 I have been a lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Before that I have worked in both academia and industry in both the UK and US using mathematical modelling and optimisation to solve engineering problems. I have an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge (1992) and a PhD from Imperial College (1996).



Main supervisor

Philippa (second supervisor Jim Gilmour)
Xu Han
Iverson ZX Liang
Charlotte Bjorck

Second supervisor

Krys Bangert (main supervisor Jim Gilmour)
Richard Smith (main supervisor Jim Gilmour)
Supatchalee Sophonthammaphat (main supervisor Robert Edyvean)



Liu, J., Mukherjee, J., Hawkes, J. J. and Wilkinson, S. J. (2013), Optimization of lipid production for algal biodiesel in nitrogen stressed cells of Dunaliella salina using FTIR analysis. J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol.. doi: 10.1002/jctb.4027