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Global fossil fuels supplies dwindling


Fast-growing, easily utilised marine algae which fix carbon dioxide


Oil production from cultivated micro-organisms


Energy readily convertible from marine plants

Institute of Technology Sligo

The Institute of Technology Sligo is the BioMara partner focussing on the production of biogas from algal biomass

Dr John Bartlett

John Bartlett is head of research at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Since 1997, as a research co-ordinator in the school of Science and chair of the R&D committee, he has worked on structures for the development and quality assurance of research in Sligo and throughout the Institute sector. His research interests include wastewater and sludge treatment, biosolids reuse, integrated waste management and air pollution.
John supervises the research at Sligo on the scaling up of the biofuel processes in the areas of AD and fermentation technologies.

Carlos Vanegas

Carlos' early fascination with science encouraged him to complete a BSc in industrial microbiology at Javeriana University in Columbia. After graduation he conducted a master by research in environmental technology ay Greenwich University, England. His thesis focussed on PAHs biodegradation and was carried out in collaboration with VITO, Belgium. Carlos then moved to Alicante University in Spain where he worked as a research assistant investigating the nitrogen fixing capacity of haloarchaeas in brines. He also worked in a private environmental laboratory for 3 years in Zaragoza, Spain.

In May 2010, he was awarded a PhD scholarship with the BioMara project to work on biofuels from seaweed. You can find out about the work Carlos is undertaking by following this link.


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