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John Andresen



+44 (0)131 451 3591
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities

Dr John Andresen serves as a Dean’s Representative. He is lecturing three modules, including B47AB Process Industries, B48BE Process Design A and B49CE Multiphase Thermodynamics


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

Selected publications
  • S. Li, J.M Andresen, Production of fermentable sugars from enzymatic hydrolysis of pretreated municipal solid waste after autoclave process, Fuel, 2012, Vol 92(1), 84-88.
  • A. Sanna, K. Smart and J.M. Andresen, Bio-oil and bio-char from pyrolysis of spent grains using calcined alumina, Bioresource Technology, 2011, 102(22), 10695-10703.
  • Xiao Y. Lim and J.M. Andresen, Pyro-catalytic deoxgenated bio-oil from palm oil empty fruit bunch and fronds with boric oxide in a fixed-bed reactor, Fuel Processing Technology, 2011, 92(9), 1776-1782.
  • S. Li, A. Sanna and J.M. Andresen, Influence of temperature on pyrolysis of recycled organic matter from municipal solid waste using an activated olivine fluidized bed, Fuel Processing Technology, 2011, 92(9), 1776-1782.

For a complete list of Dr. Andresen's publications, please go to his research portal page.


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.