Ulster University (Ulster)

The research activities are carried out by the School of Biomedical Sciences Research Institute at Ulster University. The group has extensive experience regarding microbial fermentation production and characterisation, and all associated up and downstream processes linked to fermentation production. In the field of mycology expertise extends to fermentation, molecular biology of rhamnolipids biosurfactants, and all analytical techniques involved in the detection and quantifications of these molecules. BMSRI is furnished with a well equipped full microbiology, molecular biology and analytical chemistry laboratories.
Main tasks in the project

  • Development of novel dispersants and sorbent materials (WP3)
  • Apply selected biosurfactant/dispersants within multi-integrated agents (WP6)
Ibrahim m. Banat - Contact this person by email

Professor Banat is a professor of Microbial Biotechnology, has a international reputation in biosurfactant research and >180 paper publications linked to oil, textile and fermentation and food industries. Prof. Banat has extensive experience regarding microbial fermentation production and characterisation, and all associated up and downstream processes. Currently undertaking a task in BIOSURFING New-to-nature biosurfactants by metabolic engineering: production and application KBBE.2011.3.3-03

Roger Marchant - Contact this person by email

Professor R. Marchant is a professor of Microbiology wish experience in mycology, fermentation, molecular biology of rhamnolipids biosurfactants, and all analytical techniques involved in the detection and quantifications of these molecules. He has > 200 publications in all the above topics and is involved project BIOSURFING New-to-nature biosurfactants by metabolic engineering: production and application KBBE.2011.3.3-03

Konstantina Tsaousi - Contact this person by email

Dr Konstantina Tsaousi is a Research Associate in Industrial Biotechnology, in Centre for Molecular Biosciences at Ulster University, UK. She got her degree in Chemistry, at Aristotle University and holds a PhD in Food Biotechnology from the department of Applied, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, at University of Patras, Greece. Her research focuses mainly on the development of immobilised biocatalyst, the optimisation of cultivation methods of aerobic microorganisms for the improvement of their biotechnological applications and also, the monitoring and quantification of microbial bioconversion. Her current research focus is the quantification of the produced biosurfactants by HPLC-MS/MS methods and the identification and quantification (GC-MS) of degradation products of PAHs.