Bioelectrochemical Systems
  and Engineering
Research Group

Enzymatic Fuel Cells  Bioelectrochemical Systems  Biosensors    Nanomaterials 

Research Associates & Assistants
edDr. Edward Milner

Edward achieved a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Durham in 2006. He then worked for GlaxoSmithKline as an analytical chemist, before undertaking an MSc by research in chemistry looking at gas-phase ions of biological interest at York University in 2009-2010. In 2011, he joined Newcastle University as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Eileen Yu, and worked on biocathodes for microbial fuel cells. He is now working as a Research Associate in a project called METEORR (Microbial electrochemical technology for resource recovery), where they use microbes to obtain energy from organic matter in wastewater using bioelectrochemical systems.
Dr. Jean-Marie Fontmorin

Jean-Marie received is PhD at the University of Rennes 1 in 2013 after studying a combined electrochemical/biological process for the degradation of persistent organic pollutants. He then joined Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland) for a 2-year postdoc focusing on the treatment of digested sludge (conditioning and removal of metals) using biological, chemical and electrochemical processes. He joined Newcastle University in June 2016 as a research associate to work on the LifesCO2R project led by Dr. Eileen Yu, and especially to study the optimization of electricity generation from waste using BES and the conversion of CO2 into liquid fuels.
Dr. Shahid Rasul

Dr. Rasul received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from The University of Tokyo, Japan in 2012. Afterwards, he joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia as a postdoctoral research Fellow until 2016.

Dr. Rasul joined Newcastle University in 2016 to work on EPSRC funded project “Liquid fuels and Bioenergy Supply from CO2 Reduction (LifesCO2R)”. Dr. Rasul’s research interests include development of clean energy technologies encompassing design of efficient energy conversion and energy storage materials.
Samet Sahin

Samet received his BSc (2009) and MSc (2011) degrees in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Hacettepe University, Turkey where he performed research in various subject areas including mechanical engineering and biotechnology. He joined Newcastle University as a PhD student in 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Eileen Yu in Bioelectronics Research Group where he was working on the development of enzymatic fuel cells. He passed his viva and working as a Research Assistant on a project titled "Development of three dimensional carbon nanocomposite for bio-sensing applications". He also will be working on  the project titled "Electrochemical detection of  Reactive oxygen species (ROS) in blood" as a Research Associate from February 2017 onwards.

Research Technicians
Dr. Henriette Christensen

Henriette obtained a BSc degree from Chelsea College University of London .  She studied for her PhD at The Royal Institution in London (in the area of photochemistry of porphyrins) and was awarded a PhD from Imperial College London in 1987 .  She is currently working as a research technician with Prof Ian Head and Dr Eileen Yu in the field of electrochemical CO2 reduction.

PhD Students
Swee Su Lim

Swee Su obtained both BEng (Biochemical Engineering) and MSc (Chemical Engineering) degree from the National University of Malaysia in Bangi, Malaysia in 2008 and 2011, respectively. After then, he worked with the university as a research fellow at Fuel Cell Institute and focused on Microbial Fuel Cell research.

He joined Newcastle University in September 2014 as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Keith Scott and Dr. Eileen Yu. His project is focused on studying energy conservation mechanism in biocathode of microbial electrolysis cells.
Hang Xiang

Hang obtained her Bachelor degree in Jianghan University (China) and Master degree in Guizhou University (China). She studied catalytic materials for CO2 thermal hydrogenation in Guizhou Key Laboratory for Green Chemical and Clean Energy Technology, before she joined Newcastle University in Sep. 2015. Her PhD project focuses on developing multi-functional catalysts to electrochemically transfer CO2 into some value-added fuels, which is funded by SAgE DTA Scholarships.
Paniz Izadi

Paniz obtained a BSc in Chemical engineering from Mazandaran University, Iran in 2010. She then achieved MSc at the same department (Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran) in 2013 where she focused on electricity generation and sulphide removal using microbial fuel cell (MFC).

She joined Newcastle University in September 2015 as a PhD student in Chemical engineering and her research focuses on using bioelectrochemical system (BES) in wastewater treatment and CO2 reduction to valuable products and chemicals. For this purpose, she is going to convert CO2 via low cost biocatalyst (biocathodes) in novel modular cell configuration and investigate different conditions to improve the system.

Visiting Scientists
Junxian Hou

Junxian is visiting our group from Beijing University of Technology. She is as an exchange PhD student started from June 2016 (Newton Fund) under supervision of Dr. Eileen Yu. Her current topic focuses on the anode optimization and transport phenomena of MFCs.

Previous Members
PhD Students
Martin Spurr
Dr. Dorin Popescu
Dr. Anisah Hussain
Dr. Orlando Ketebu
Dr. Richard Burkitt
Dr. James Merotra

Post Doctoral Scientists
Dr. Richard Burkitt
Dr. Jing Kang
Dr. Hetal Patel 

Last updated in December 2016