Research Members

Prof. Piet N. L. Lens

Prof. Piet N. L. Lens

Principal Investigator

Piet Lens is an established Professor of New Energy Technologies, recruited to NUI Galway via the SFI research professorship programme on Innovative Energy Technologies for Biofuels, Bioenergy and a Sustainable Irish Bioeconomy (IETSBIO3)

Dr Adriana Ferreira Maluf Braga

Dr Adriana Ferreira Maluf Braga

Postdoc

Adriana’s research is focusing on the extreme thermophilic dark fermentation process for biohydrogen production using seaweed as substrate

Dr Arul Manikandan Natarajan

Dr Arul Manikandan Natarajan

Postdoc

Arul's research topic is the treatment of petroleum brine effluents by seaweed towards a circular blue bioeconomy

Dr Amitap Khandelwal

Dr Amitap Khandelwal

Postdoc

Amitap's research work involves wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery and production of third generation biofuels. Currently, he is engaged in developing sustainable solutions for biogas upgradation.

Dr Juan Castilla-Archilla

Dr Juan Castilla-Archilla

POSTDOC

Juan's research focuses on the valorisation of brewery spent grain for added value compounds such as volatile fatty acid production.

Dr Lucas Fuess

Dr Lucas Fuess

Postdoc

Lucas's research focuses on solving the bottlenecks of sugarcane vinasse anaerobic digestion for enhanced and continuous bioenergy recovery

Dr Amulya Kotamraju

Dr Amulya Kotamraju

Postdoc

Amulya’s research focuses on the development of a Duckweed biorefinery for selenium bioremediation and synthesis of biofuels and value added proteins

Dr Simon Mills

Dr Simon Mills

Postdoc

Simon's research focuses on functional redundancy in the anaerobic digestion microbiome

Dr Eleftheria Ntagia

Dr Eleftheria Ntagia

Postdoc

Eleftheria’s research focuses on groundwater treatment to drinking water: autotrophic denitrification assisted by electrochemical H2 production and disinfection

Dr Thi Phi Yen Nguyen

Dr Thi Phi Yen Nguyen

Postdoc

Yen Nguyen's research focuses on medium chain fatty acids production from organic wastes

Ms Federica Carboni

Ms Federica Carboni

PhD Researcher

Federica's PhD is focusing on combined nitrification-autotrophic denitrification of wastewater using sulphur compounds as electron donors

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Mr Mohanakrishnan Logan

Mr Mohanakrishnan Logan

PhD Researcher

Mohan's PhD research  focuses on anaerobic digestion of unconventional substrates such as fat slurry and constructed wetland waste

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Ms Sudeshna Saikia

Ms Sudeshna Saikia

PhD Researcher

Sudeshna's PhD is focusing on heavy metal remediation from wastewater, specifically using selenium and tellurium nanoparticles as biosorbents

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Mr Simone Pau

Mr Simone Pau

PhD Researcher

Simone's PhD work is focusing on the production of lactic acid and volatile fatty acids from food waste by fermentation

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Ms Ana Maria Murillo Abril

Ms Ana Maria Murillo Abril

PhD Researcher

Ana Maria is a PhD student focused on the treatment of Se-rich wastewater using constructed floating wetlands

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Mr Armando Oliva

Mr Armando Oliva

PhD Researcher

Armando's PhD is focusing on pretreatment of lignocellulosic materials to enhance biogas production through anaerobic digestion

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Mr James Lawrence

Mr James Lawrence

PhD RESEARCHER

James’s research is focused on dark fermentation of seaweed biomass for biohydrogen production

Ms Marica Areniello

Ms Marica Areniello

PhD RESEARCHER

Marica’s research is focused on microbial protein production from biogas: carbon fixation and sulfur upcycling by MOB and SOB to produce S-protein

Research Assistants

Mr Borja Khatabi Soliman Tamayo

Mr Borja Khatabi Soliman Tamayo

Research Assistant

Borja completed his MSc in Chemistry "Environmental, Life and Water" at the University of Almeria (Spain). He is now a Research Assistant in the IETSBIO3 group

Ms Marlee Wasserman

Ms Marlee Wasserman

Research Assistant

Marlee completed her MSE in "Environmental Engineering" at the University of Florida (USA). She is a Research Assistant in the IETSBIO3 group.

Ms Diana Quispe

Ms Diana Quispe

Research Assistant

Diana completed her MSc in "Food Engineering" at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). She is a Research Assistant in the IETSBIO3 group.

Visiting Researchers