Dr Godfrey Kyazze

Dr Godfrey Kyazze

I joined the Faculty of Science and Technology in 2009 as a Lecturer in Bioprocess Technology. My BSc degree was in Industrial Chemistry from Makerere University, Uganda, after which I worked as a Production Chemist at Kampala Pharmaceutical Industries (1996) Ltd. I then returned to Makerere University as an Assistant Lecturer in Industrial Chemistry. In 2003 I completed my MSc (Batch Process Engineering from Loughborough University, UK.)

For my PhD I investigated the fermentative production of hydrogen from carbohydrate-rich substrates which I completed in 2007 from the Sustainable Environment Research Centre, University of Glamorgan, UK (now University of South Wales). I stayed at Glamorgan for postdoctoral studies investigating the enhancement of hydrogen production from fermentation end products using microbial electrolysis cells. I also have a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education obtained from the University of Westminster in 2012.

Current research interests

  • Utilisation of biological resources for the fermentative production of renewable energy fuels/carriers particularly biohydrogen and biobutanol.
  • Bio-electrochemical systems e.g. microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment / electricity production and for production of renewable chemicals.
  • Process optimisation of bioreactor systems for the production of biological products.

Current projects

  • Development of bioelectrochemical systems for improved treatment of wastewater containing azo dyes. One project is looking at biological catalysts to replace platinum in microbial fuel cells;  another project (METRIS) is looking at treatment of azo dye containing wastewater so the treated water can be reused for useful purposes e.g. irrigation - https://sites.google.com/view/metriseguk/home as well as https://www.westminster.ac.uk/applied-biotechnology-research-group/f... .
  • Microbial-based strategies for efficient production of microbial products at a large scale
  • Biofilm control via quorum quenching

Completed projects

  • Process optimisation of fermentative hydrogen production (2012 - 2013)
  • Treatment of wastewater containing azo dyes using microbial fuel cells (2010-2014).
  • Bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons from contaminated groundwater and soils using bioelectrochemical systems (2011-2015).
  • Development of biocomposites with novel characteristics through enzymatic grafting (2011-2015).
  • Improved bacterial electricity production from wastewater using a synthetic biology approach (2015 - 2019)

If you wish to pursue PhD studies in the following general areas, please get in touch:

  • Development of new environmental biotechnologies (e.g. microbial fuel cells) for wastewater treatment and resource recovery
  • Bioprocess optimisation for production of biological products e.g. biofuels
  • Metabolic engineering approaches to improving the productivity of microbial products. 

Research Groups / Key Appointments:

  •  Member of the following research groups/professional organisations:
  •  Institute of Chemical Engineering 
  • Society for Applied Microbiologists
  • International Water Association 
  • Westminster Water Science 
  • Applied Biotechnology.

  • Sustainable Biotechnology
  • The Centre for Nutraceuticals

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