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Professor Mike Allen (University of Exeter) 

Algal Biotech: You go your way, and Al’ga my way

24 January 2020 12.00pm - 1.00pm 

Lecture Theatre 20, Robert Hadfield Building. 

Abstract

Algae are often mooted as the answer to many of the world’s problems: fuel, food, health. you name it, someone will have linked algae to a novel solution somewhere along the line. The problem is the solutions never seem to go beyond the theory or lab scale. Everyone seems to be making the same mistakes, and quite often on a regular cycle. Here, Mike will discuss some of his ‘solutions’, the mistakes he’s made (and making) and what he thinks his winning solutions might look like in the future.

Biography

Professor Mike Allen holds joint positions as a Microbial Biochemist at PML (Merit Scientist) and as an Associate Professor of Single Cell Genomics at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at University of Exeter. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the School of Physics at Bristol University. His interests are varied and encompass both blue skies and applied research topics. Blue skies research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean using genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches. Applied research focuses on biocatalysis, bioremediation, biotransformation, bioprocessing and technology development. Mike’s current academic research projects include co-evolution of coccolithophores and coccolithoviruses, sphingolipid biosynthesis, novel protein characterisation, lytic and latent phytoplankton viruses, phytoplankton and virus isolation. Applied projects include the development and application of genetically modified microalgae for high value products, marine biorefineries, biofuel/fertiliser production and processing, water sanitation, high throughput liquid processing and the development of novel photobioreactor technologies for promoting microalgal growth.


Professor Vivek V. Ranade (Queens University Belfast) 

(Title tbc)

07 February 2020 12.00pm - 1.00pm 

Lecture Theatre 20, Robert Hadfield Building


Professor Llia Siepman (University of Minesota) 

(Title tbc) 

6 March 2020 12.00pm - 1.00pm 

Lecture Theatre 20, Robert Hadfield Building.


Professor Mike Bradley (University of Greenwich)

(Title tbc) 

20 March 2020 12.00pm - 1.00pm 

Lecture Theatre 20, Robert Hadfield Building.

Biography

Mike Bradley is Professor in Particle and Bulk Technology, Director of the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology and Head of the Greenwich Manufacturing Group at the University of Greenwich. He was awarded both his honours degree and PHD from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) and, as manager/director, provides technical leadership in all aspects of bulk solids handling. His particular areas of interest lie in pneumatic conveying, design of hoppers and silos, dust control, plant integration and maintenance of product quality. He is Chair of Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA), and a member of Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Bulk Materials Handling Committee (IMechE).  He was awarded a professorship in 2006 and the directorship in 2008.



Dr Rupert Myers (Imperial College London) 

(Title tbc) 

3 April 2020 12.00pm - 1.00pm 

Lecture Theatre 20, Robert Hadfield Building.


Professor Paul Topham (Aston University) 

(Title tbc) 

15 May 2020 12.00pm - 1.00pm 

Lecture Theatre 20, Robert Hadfield Building.

Biography

Professor Paul Topham is a Full Professor of Polymer Science, Head of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC) and Director of the Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) at Aston University and a Visiting Professor of the South China University of Technology. He did a PhD with Tony Ryan at the University of Sheffield (2002 – 2006) and then a postdoc with Steve Armes from 2006 – 2008, before taking up a lectureship at Aston. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious position of representing Hydrogen in the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists for the celebration of IUPAC100 and IYPT and was also awarded the MacroGroup UK Young Researchers Medal in 2014.



Contact 

For more information or to be part of our seminar series please contact:

Dr Peyman Moghadam

p.moghadam@sheffield.ac.uk

+44 114 222 8259

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