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Dr. John M Andresen has established an international research reputation developing novel solutions to meet the worldwide strive for cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solutions to water engineering.  In particular, his group has worked closely with industry to enhance the use of water through evaluation of industrial processes to identify opportunities for combined energy and water savings.  This work was recognized with the 2008 Lord Stafford Award in Innovation for Sustainability as a result of a DTI KTP project with Premier Foods entitled “To develop a system of process improvements and engineering solutions for optimising the use of energy and water in food manufacturing”.  His group has further been working on liquid by-products from the food and drink industry.  In particular, his work on conversion of waste water into renewable fuels using a new Microbial Fuel Cell concept has been highly successful, where his close involvement with industry has transferred the technology from the laboratory to a pilot scale plant.  This work was supported by a TSB Carbon Abatement Technology grant titled “Bio-gas from Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) to tackle carbon emission from the dairy industry”.  Lately it has contributed to the UK’s competitiveness through a TSB/KTP project with Arla Foods and Lindhurst Engineering, an East-Midland SME, titled “To commercialise a microbial fuel cell for transferring dairy waste water into sustainable energy gas and an organic fertilizer”.  From this work a patent is pending (J.M. Andresen and L. Porcu, “Novel Anode and Cathode for Biofuel Cells”, British Patent, Application date: 26/04/2011, Application Number: 1106929.1.)  The driving force for this research is to improving the quality of life both for stakeholders within the food and drink industry as well as the farming community and its environment.

-          Energy efficiency:  Evaluation of industrial processes for identification of energy and water savings.  My group was recognized with the Lord Stafford Award as a result of application of pinch technology in this area.  (

-          Products and renewable fuels from bio-mass:  In particular, my group has focused on pyrolysis of bio-mass with low cost catalysts for the development of bio-crudes and bio-chars.

-          Energy from waste water:  A focused effort by my group advanced a new Microbial Fuel Cell concept from the laboratory to a pilot scale plant.   (


Dr John Andresen gained his PhD in Applied Chemistry researching sustainable binders for carbon materials in 1997 from University of Strathclyde, Scotland.  He then worked as an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA, where he was Director for the Consortium for Premium Carbon Products from Coal as well as its Carbon Research Centre.  He then moved to University of Nottingham, England, where he became an Associate Professor in 2006.  At UoN he worked closely with industry and secured three Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) projects in the area of sustainable fuel.  In 2012 he moved back to Scotland as a Reader in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Heriot Watt University.  He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Fuel Processing Technology, a leading journal in the area of energy, He is author of 177 publications including 1 book, 2 patents, 7 chapters in books, 28 peer-reviewed papers and 140 contributions to other journals and conference proceedings.

Roles & Responsibilities

Editor of Fuel Processing Technology, Elsevier.


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Energy & Renewables
  • Engineering & Product Design
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Low Carbon Technology
  • Oil & Gas

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water Earth & Environmental Sciences
Water Engineering & Materials Science
Gasoline Engineering & Materials Science
benzene Earth & Environmental Sciences
phenol Earth & Environmental Sciences
ethanol Earth & Environmental Sciences
desorption Earth & Environmental Sciences
sorption Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1995 2017

Bio-methane from an-aerobic digestion using activated carbon adsorption

Farooq, M., Bell, A. H., Almustapha, M. N. & Andresen, J. M. Aug 2017 In : Anaerobe. 46, p. 33-40 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


In-situ regeneration of activated carbon with electric potential swing desorption (EPSD) for the H2S removal from biogas

Farooq, M., Almustapha, M. N., Imran, M., Saeed, M. A. & Andresen, J. M. 4 Oct 2017 In : Bioresource Technology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

activated carbon

Sulphated zirconia catalysed conversion of high density polyethylene to value-added products using a fixed-bed reactor

Almustapha, M. N., Farooq, M. & Andresen, J. M. May 2017 In : Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 125, p. 296-303 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

High density polyethylenes

Drinking water purity - a UK perspective

Machell, J., Prior, K., Allan, R. & Andresen, J. M. 1 May 2015 In : Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology. 1, 3, p. 268-271 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Potable water
drinking water
Environmental Protection Agency

The water energy food nexus - challenges and emerging solutions

Machell, J., Prior, K., Allan, R. & Andresen, J. M. Jan 2015 In : Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology. 1, 1, p. 15-16 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Activities 2013 2013

  • 1 Editorial activity

Fuel Processing Technology (Journal)

Andresen, J. M. (Editor)

Activity: Editorial activity