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Dundalk Institute of Technology

Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology (CREDIT) is the focus for BioMara's research on biomass for anaerobic digestion

Dr Paul MacArtain

Paul has worked as the research manager of the Centre for Renewable Energy at Dundalk Institute of Technology (CREDIT) since 2006. His research interests include natural polysaccharides and catalytic thermochemical processing of biomass including anaerobic digestion processes. 

He leads the anaerobic digestion aspects of BioMara, working with Dr Caroline Gilleran and the Ph.D. student based at CREDIT investigating the thermochemical processes for energy production from algal biomass. He also works with Anna-Marie Sherry, whose role is Cross Border Information and Education coordinator.

Dr Caroline Gilleran

Caroline’s role is to assess microbiological processes for energy production from marine algal biomass.  These processes include characterisation of fermentation substrates and subsequent screening of bacterial strains to identify strains with ethanologenic potential.

Subsequent evaluation of the potential of different seaweed types that have been chemically characterised will inform the optimisation of the overall bioethanol process at laboratory and pilot scale. Caroline also acts as a technology transfer agent to businesses and local authorities in the area to ensure research outputs are disseminated to key stakeholders.

Anna-Marie Sherry is Cross Border Information and Education coordinator

Anna-Marie's main role was to produce the BioMara Teaching Materials - Energy from Marine Algae.She also coordinated information dissemination and training activities, integrating activities with other initiatives undertaken by other governmental agencies and organisations.


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