Environmental Biotechnology Network


The EBNetwork carries on a number of activities and events. This section details outcomes of our funding awards. If you are interested in participating in one of our working groups, check out current working groups here or if your interest area is not covered, apply for one here.

Details of our Proof of Concept (POC) projects, Business Interaction Vouchers (BIV) and associated press can be found below.

POC 2022 Call – Funded Projects

  • Mitigating N2O emission from wastewater treatment processes – Dr Bing Guo, University of Surrey
  • Pure biomethane – rather than biogas – from a single waste stream – Dr Elizabeth Heidrich, Newcastle University
  • CRISPR/Cas-enabled paper-based sensors for rapid monitoring of antimicrobial resistance – Dr Zhugen Yang, Cranfield University

Publicly available summaries for all awarded POC projects are available here.

POC 2021 Call – Funded Projects

  • Faecal pollution source tracking and quantitative microbial risk assessment methods for a suitcase laboratoryDr David Werner, Newcastle University
  • Bio-engineering of water biofilter communities for enhanced degradation of DOMDr Marta Vignola, University of Glasgow
  • Real time monitoring of Anaerobic Digestion microbial community as a foaming risk prediction methodDr Dana Ofiteru, Newcastle University
  • Fluorescent Microbiofilter Assay for Rapid Real-time Monitoring of Organic Micropollutants BiodegradationDr Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay, University of Glasgow

Publicly available summaries for all awarded POC projects are available here.

POC 2020 Call – Funded Projects

  • Enhancing PFASs Attenuation in Coastal brownfield Soils (EPACS): enhancing natural system attenuation capacity for a key emerging contaminantProfessor Andy Cundy, University of Southampton
  • Bio-engineering of biochar for enhanced remediation of contaminated landDr Tony Gutierrez, Heriot Watt University
  • Fibre Highways: translocation of the microbiome for pollutant bioremediationDr Angela Sherry, Northumbria University
  • Development of a monooxygenase gene-based assay to characterise 1,4-dioxane bioremediation potentialDr Simon Gregory, British Geological Survey

Publicly available summaries for all awarded POC projects are available here.

BIV 2020 Call – Funded Projects

The following projects have been awarded funding in our EB Network BIV2020 Call.

  • Determination of microbial communities of laboratory anaerobic digestion tanks and impact of the CreChar additive on the microbial community dynamicsProf James Chong, University of York/Dr Adam Ostrowski, Carbogenics Ltd
  • Understanding anaerobic biodegrability of organic menstrual care products: technical feasibility and sector receptivityDr Yadira Bajon Fernandez, Cranfield University/Kimberley Dobney, Turn and Flow
  • Meeting the nutrient neutrality challenge using newly developed biological technologyDr Yonqiang Liu, University of Southampton/Adam White, Plantwork Systems Ltd

Publicly available information for all awarded BIV projects are available here.

BIV 2021 Call – Funded Projects

Bioleaching application for the recovery of Minor and Rare Earth Metals from Complex Nickel Alloys Dust – Professor Sebastien Farnaud, Coventry University / Advanced Alloy Services Ltd.
Sludge dewaterability: improved tools for the emerging biotech industries, Dr Yue Zhang, University of Southampton / Triton Electronics Ltd.

Publicly available information for all awarded BIV projects are available here.

EBNet BIV & POC project dissemination

POC Dissemination

BODIPY-labeled estrogens for fluorescence analysis of environmental microbial degradation“. By: Felion, C., Lopez-Gonzalez, R., Sewell, A. L., Marquez, R. and Gauchotte-Lindsay, C. In: ACS Omega, 7(45), pp. 41284-41295. (doi: 10.1021/acsomega.2c05002) (PMID:36406552). [Dr Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay, University of Glasgow, POC202113]

Biohybrids: textile fibres provide scaffolds and highways for microbial translocation
By: Angela Sherry, Bruna Martins Dell’ Agnese, Jane Scott. In: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2023.1188965. [Dr Angela Sherry, Northumbria University, Dr Jane Scott, Newcastle University, POC202015]

Environmental DNA clarifies impacts of combined sewer overflows on the bacteriology of an urban river and resulting risks to public health“. By: Rixia Zan, Adrian Blackburn, Jidapa Plaimart, Kishor Acharya, Claire Walsh, Ross Stirling, Chris G. Kilsby, David Werner. In: Science of The Total Environment. Available online 18 May 2023, 164282 [Professor David Werner, Newcastle University, POC202101].

Scientists examine whether microbes can clean up contaminated land“, Aberdeen Evening Express, 15/01/21. Further articles in The Scottish Farmer (21/01/21), The Courier (15/01/21), The Herald (15/01/21) and STV News (15/01/21). Also, see the Heriot-Watt website. [Dr Tony Gutierrez, Heriot Watt University, POC202008].

EBNet grant success for Fibre Highways: translocation of the microbiome for pollutant bioremediation” and “Fibre highways for microbial travel” Biotechnology in the Built Environment website, 22/10/20. Fibre Highways YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/vRs8D4A4J9M [Dr Angela Sherry, Northumbria University, Dr Jane Scott, Newcastle University, POC202015]

British Geological Survey partner with Arcadis in research programme to support brownfield development“, BGS website press release, 15/10/20, [Dr Simon Gregory, British Geological Survey, POC202029] .

BIV Dissemination

Temperature Effects of MD on Municipal Wastewater Treatment in an Integrated Forward Osmosis and Membrane Distillation Process“. By: Almoalimi, K.; Liu, Y.-Q.; Booth, A.; Heo, S. In: Processes 2022, 10, 355. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr10020355 [Dr YongQiang Liu, University of Southampton, BIV202004]

An exploratory study of the impact and potential of menstrual hygiene management waste in the UK“. By: L.A.G. Blair, Y. Bajón -Fernández, R. Villa. In: Cleaner Engineering and Technology. Volume 7, April 2022, 100435 [Dr Yadira Bajon Fernandez, Cranfield University, BIV202002]

Viewing menstrual waste as a resource“, Turn and Flow blog with Dr Yadira Bajon Fernandez, Cranfield University [BIV202002].