Biosensor & Biofuel Cell

Research Group

Team Leader

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    Mirella Di Lorenzo

    Dr Di Lorenzo graduated from the Federico II University of Napoli in 2003. Here, and at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, she went on to gain a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology. Mirella has subsequently worked in research and post-doc positions at Newcastle University and the National Nanotechnology Laboratory of Lecce before joining the University of Bath as a Lecturer in July 2011.

The Current Research Team

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    Saravanan Rengaraj

    Saravanan Rengaraj graduated with an MSc in Microbiology from Madurai Kamaraj University, India, in 2004. He joined as Research Assistant in Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), India. He graduated his PhD in Chemistry (2008-2012) from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Saravanan worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Windsor, Canada and in the University of Joseph Fourier / CEA before joining the University of Bath as Research Associate in 2015. His research work focuses towards development of bio-electrode using biomolecules functionalized over electrode surface for bio-sensing / bioenergy devices and its evaluation using electrochemical techniques.

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    Alvaro Cruz-Izquierdo

    Alvaro graduated from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in biochemistry in 2007. Here, he gained a master (2008) and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2013). During these years he focused on enzyme immobilisation to magnetic nanoparticles for biodiesel and furan based polymers synthesis. Afterwards, he worked as lecturer in Kenya in the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry (University of Eldoret) and Dept. of Chemical and Process Engineering (Moi University) for one year. In 2014, Alvaro joined the University of Bath as Research Associate and worked on enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose based materials for electronics. Now his current research will be focused on paper biosensors for safe drinking water.

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    Stephen Bradley

    Stephen graduated with an MChem in Chemistry with a Year in Industry from the University of Leicester in 2012. His year in industry was spent with a major chemical distribution company doing analytical/quality control work. Prior to starting his PhD with the group, Stephen also Conducted an MRes project with us in 'The development of nanoporous gold electrodes for efficient glucose electro-oxidation'. In his spare time, he plays trombone and piano, and conducts two of the university's ensembles.

    PhD title:

    A sensor for online and onsite water quality monitoring

    Linked in

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    Jon Chouler

    Jon graduated from the University of Bath with an MEng in Chemical Engineering, which included a 6 month overseas research project at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a year-long placement working for Procter and Gamble in process improvements for dish homecare manufacturing. Before starting his PhD he also conducted an MRes project with the group entitled 'Biobatteries: Building up the next generation energy devices'. Outside of work Jon enjoys cycle touring, brewing beer/wine and playing guitar.

    PhD title:

    Development of a self-sustainable and cost-effective tool for water quality monitoring in developing countries

Co-supervised Students

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Visiting Researchers

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    Denis Desmaele

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Current Undergraduate Students Pursuing their MEng Project in the Biosensors and Biofuel Cells Group


  • MEng Students

    Harry Clark (February 2016-May 2016)
    MEng Project title:
    Modeling microbial fuel cells

    Luke Wilson (February 2016-May 2016)
    MEng Project title:
    Power from physiological sugars with enzymatic biofuel cells

    Isobel Bentley & Flavia Vaz (February 2016-May 2016)
    MEng Project title:
    A self-sustainable and cost effective device for water quality monitoring in developing countries

    Twanrat (Ping) Runganantchai (February 2016-May 2016)
    MEng Project title:
    Innovative Microbial Fuel Cells for Energy Harvesting

    Matthew Monti (February 2016-May 2016)
    MEng Project title:
    Rapid and simple detection of pollutants in surface waters with an algal biosensor

    Oliver Quigley (February 2016-May 2016)
    MEng Project title:
    Sustainable H2O2 production with Microbial Electrolysis Cells

Past Members of the Biosensor and Biofuel Cell Research Group

  • PhD Students

    Hendrik du Toit (February 2015 - June 2015)
    PhD Project title:
    Development of Miniature Enzymatic Biofuel Cells as Potential Power Sources for Implantable Medical Devices

  • Visiting Researchers

    Sara Mateo (February 2016 - June 2016)
    PhD Project title:
    Towards high-efficiency Microbial Fuel Cells through miniaturizing the superficial area and stacking.

    Denis Desmaele (February 2016 - June 2016)
    Reserach Title:
    Droplet-based microfluidic enzymatic fuel cells.

    Sara Monasterio Martinez (February 2015 - June 2015)
    PhD Project title:
    Electrochemical processes for the treatment of wastewater and the generation of energy

    Felismina Moreira (October 2015 - December 2015)
    Project title:
    Development of an enzymatic fuel cell for screening markers for Alzheimer disease

  • Co-Supervised

    Zuhayr Rymansaib (February 2015 - June 2015)
    PhD Project title:
    3D printing of functional electrochemical micro-devices

  • MRes Students

    Gael Gobaille-Shaw (June 2016 - August 2016)
    MRes Project title:
    Innovative Microbial Electrochemical Systems that Convert Waste into Energy.

    Leyorla Ohene-Yeboah (October 2015 - May 2016)
    MRes Project title:
    The Development of a Non-Invasive Glucose Sensor

    Dominic Ferdani (October 2014 - May 2015)
    MRes Project title:
    The Development of a Non-Invasive Glucose Sensor

    Kanittagan Siritawat (September 2012 - January 2013)
    MRes Project title:
    Small-scale biofuel cells

    James Tyson (September 2011 - May 2012)
    MRes Project title:
    Fabrication of a Biosensor for the Sensitive Detection of Phenols Based on Carbon Nanoparticle Support

  • Undergraduate Students


    Razleen Binti Rashidi
    Power from sugars with enzymatic biofuel cells

    Jake Duff
    Business plan development for biosensor technology in the developing world

    Annabel O'Fee
    Cost-effective Membrane and Cathode Materials for a self-sustainable device for water quality monitoring in developing countries

    George Padgett
    Using bacteria to convert urine into electrical energy

    Anna Wilkie
    Detection of pesticides in surface water


    Jia Huei Chong
    Functionalization of graphene electrodes with porous gold for sensing applications

    Simon Vanston-Rumney
    Engineering electroactive biofilm at the anode of microbial fuel cells to enhance the power output


    Alex Thomson
    Design and realization of innovative small-scale reactors

    Hisham Matouk
    Development of a biosensor for the detection of labile organic content in artificial wastewater

    Olivia Bailey
    Development of a photo-amperometric biosensor for water quality


    Andrew Smith
    Development of stable enzymatic electrodes for reusable glucose sensors and biofuel cells