James joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science as a Lecturer in 2013 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. His current research interests are focused around industrial biotechnology, fermentation processes and the efficient production and separation of bio-based products, including biosurfactants and biopolymers. He is also Programme Director for the MEng with Industrial Experience degree programme. James is a Co-founder of Holfierm Limited, spun-out from his resaerch group in 2018. Holiferm are commercialising biosurfactant production technology and currenlty produce sophorolipid biosurfactants at pilot scale. Prior to his Lectureship James worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Multiphase Processing Group on an EPSRC funded Challenging Engineering Project.
James obtained a PhD in the area of biosurfactant production and separation from The University of Manchester in 2011, supervised by Dr Peter Martin and funded by EPSRC and Unilever, following which he was awarded a six month EPSRC Doctoral Prize. He graduated with a MEng in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford in 2007.
Chair Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group, Institution of Chemical EngineersJul 2018
CTO and Co-Founder , Holiferm Limited1 May 2018
Associate Editor, Biochemical Engineering JournalJul 2017
Vice-Chair Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group, Institute of Chemical EngineersJul 2016
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