Biogas Energy Researchers

The team of researchers at the University of NSW funded by Biogas Energy are highly acclaimed multidisciplinary experts.

Biogas Energy has funded development of world class expertise in a range of fields related to biogas production from coal. The chief investigators, postdoctoral staff, research assistant, postgraduate and undergraduate students that make up the Biogas Energy research team at the University of New South Wales include some of the world’s most renowned microbiology research scientists and the best and brightest young talent available internationally. Biogas Energy have recruited from within Australia and internationally from the United States of America, China, Germany, Mexico, South-East Asia¬†and Sweden creating an intellectual powerhouse targeting development of clean energy from coal. The team harbours expertise in environmental biotechnology, microbial ecology, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, bioelectrochemistry and biogeochemistry shifting gears on coal microbiology pushing this applied research space far into the future. Biogas Energy regards this accrual of expertise as its most valuable asset.

Staff

Mike
Manefield

Lead Chief Investigator Associate Professor Mike Manefield is an environmental scientist with over 15 years professional experience in wastewater treatment, bioremediation and groundwater ecology.

Sabrina
Beckmann

Dr Beckmann is a microbiologist from Oldenburg Germany with an outstanding international reputation in coal microbiology.

Maria-Luisa
Gutierrez-Zamora

Dr Gutierrez-Zamora is microbiologist with international expertise in soil bioremediation, fungal enzymes and molecular methods for linking geochemical processes to specific microbes.

Daniela
Ribeiro

Dr Ribiero is a microbiologist with international expertise in bioleaching for enhanced metals recovery and bioethanol production.

Technicians and Students

Leena
Koop

Leena is a research technician with international experience in the microbiology of coal biodegradation and contaminated site bioremediation.

John
Webster

John works on the chemical characterisation of coal and elucidation of microbial community composition and function.

Mon
Yee

Mon is investigating the role of extracellular electron transfer in methane production in mixed species communities.

Alison
Luk

Alison is developing molecular tools for quantification of key functional groups of microbes involved in methane production from coal.