Lynne Macaskie

Colleges, School and Institutes

Willingness to take PhD students

Yes

PhD projects

Lynne Macaskie is an expert in bioremediation. Her recent work is using bacteria to recycle waste precious metals from industrial processes and scrap. These metals can be reprocessed by bacteria to make fuel cells; devices for making tomorrow’s clean energy from hydrogen. Professor Macaskie also has a major strand of work looking at generating clean hydrogen from food wastes and the team has developed a sweet way of producing hydrogen. Fuel cells need clean hydrogen to run them. If you provide bacteria with a supply of waste produced from chocolate production, the bacteria can produce hydrogen. When finished here, they can then turn to metal recovery and, finally, when they die they become part of the fuel cell itself, making electricity using hydrogen produced by their offspring.