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B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences
M.Phil. Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering


Dr. Myrto-Panagiota Zacharof graduated from the National Technical Institute of Athens, Greece with a First class B.Sc honours degree in Biomedical Sciences. She completed her Master in Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wales, Swansea and her Philosophy Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering, Swansea University.
Her research has been laying in the area of Microbial Biotechnology especially focused in Lactic Acid Bacteria, their metabolic end products and their usage in food and pharmaceutical industry. Having acquired a wealth of life experiences, which has provided her with many transferable key skills, Myrto’s current research is focused in Wastewater Engineering and Treatment regarding the recovery of valuable chemicals and nutrients from complex effluent streams.
Being an active researcher, Myrto has shown interest in collaborating with academic specialists from various scientific fields and disciplines, including Arts and Humanities, in an effort to further broad her horizons and explore the different applications Engineering and Sciences might have.


2018-2016 Postdoctoral Research Assistant , Swansea University
2019-2016 Adjunct Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, The College, Swansea University
2015-2014 Teaching Tutor (Chemical Engineering) , College of Engineering , Swansea University
2014-2011 Research Officer, College of Engineering , Swansea University
2011-2010 College Lecturer, National Institute of Professional Education, Athens, Greece


Hakami, M.W.; Alkhudhiri, A.; Zacharof, M.-P.; Hilal, N. Towards a Sustainable Water Supply: Humic Acid Removal Employing Coagulation and Tangential Cross Flow Microfiltration. Water 2019, 11, 2093.

Alla Silkina, Myrto-Panagiota Zacharof, Naomi E. Ginnever, Michael Gerardo, Robert W. Lovitt , Testing the Waste Based Biorefinery Concept: Pilot Scale Cultivation of Microalgal Species on Spent Anaerobic Digestate Fluids Waste Biomass Valorisation 2019.

Myrto-Panagiota Zacharof, Stephen J. Mandale, Darren Oatley-Radcliffe, Robert W. Lovitt, Nutrient recovery and fractionation of anaerobic digester effluents employing pilot scale membrane technology, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 2019, 31,

Husnul Azan Tajarudin, Myrto-Panagiota Zacharof, Karnika Ratanapongleka, Paul, M.Williams and Robert W. Lovitt Intensive production of carboxylic acids using C. butyricum in a Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Fermentation 2018, 4(4), 81;

Zacharof, M.-P.; Charalambidou, A. An Exploration of the Sub-Register of Chemical Engineering Research Papers Published in English. Publications 2018, 6(3) 30.


A.Silkina, M.P. Zacharof, G.Hery, T.Nouvel and R. W. Lovitt Formulation and utilisation of spent anaerobic digestate fluids for the growth and product formation of single cell algal cultures in heterotrophic and autotrophic conditions. Bioresource Technology 2017 ISSN: 0960-8524, pp: 1445-1455 DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.05.133


M.-P. Zacharof Grape winery waste as feedstock for bioconversions: applying the biorefinery concept. Waste and Biomass Valorization 2016 ISSN: 1877-2641 pp 1011–1025 DOI: 10.1007/s12649-016-9674-2 (OA)

M.P. Zacharof, S. J. Mandale, P.M. Williams and R. W. Lovitt, Nanofiltration of treated digested agricultural wastewater for recovery of carboxylic acids Journal of Cleaner Production 2016 ISSN: 0959-6526, pp: 4749-4761 DOI :10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.07.004


M.-P. Zacharof, Cl. Vouzelaud, S.J. Mandale, R.W. Lovitt, The utilisation of membrane treated anaerobic digester effluents for intensive production of platform chemicals using Cl. butyricum Biomass & Bioenergy 2015 81 ISSN: 0961-9534, pp: 294-303 DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.07.018

M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Adding value to wastewater by resource recovery and reformulation as growth media: Current prospects and potential Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination 2015 ISSN:2220-1319 pp: 473-479 DOI:10.2166/wrd.2015.117


M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt The filtration characteristics of anaerobic digester effluents employing cross flow ceramic membrane microfiltration for nutrient recovery Desalination 2014 341 ISSN: 0011-9164 341, pp: 27-37 DOI:10.1016/j.desal.2014.02.034


Zacharof M-P, Lovitt RW. Recovery of volatile fatty acids (VFA) from complex waste effulents using membranes. Water Science & Technology. 2013, ISSN: 0273-1223 69, pp: 495-503.

M.L.Gerardo, M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Strategies for the recovery of nutrients and metals from anaerobically digested from dairy farm sludge using cross-flow microfiltration Water Research 2013 47, pp:4833–4842 ISSN:0043-1354 DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.04.019

M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Complex Effluent Streams as a Potential Source of Volatile Fatty Acids Waste and Biomass Valorisation 2013 4, pp: 557-581 ISSN: 1877-2641 DOI: 10.1007/s12649-013-9202-6

M.P. Zacharof, G.Coss, S. Mandale, R.W. Lovitt Separation of Lactobacilli Bacteriocins from Fermented Broths Using Membranes Process Biochemistry 2013 48, pp: 1252–1261 ISSN: 1359-5113 DOI:

M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Modelling and Simulation of Cell growth Dynamics, Substrate Consumption and Lactic acid production Kinetics of Lactococcus lactis Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering 2013 18, pp: 52-64 ISSN: 1226-8372 DOI: 10.1007/s12257-012-0477-4


M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Chemically Defined Liquid Medium Development for Intensive Propagation of Industrial Fermentation lactobacilli strains Annals of Microbiology 2012 ISSN: 1590-4261 63, pp: 1235-1245 DOI: 10.1007/s13213-012-0581-x

M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Low Molecular Weight Liquid Media Development for Lactobacilli Producing Bacteriocins Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology 2012 88 (1) pp. 72-80 ISSN:1867-1306 DOI: 10.1002/jctb.38

M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Investigation of Shelf life of Potency and Activity of the Lactobacilli Produced Bacteriocins through their Exposure to Various Physicochemical Stress factors Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins 2012 4 , pp. 187-197 ISSN: 1867-1306 DOI: 10.1007/s12602-012-9102-2

M.P. Zacharof, R.W.Lovitt Bacteriocins Produced by Lactic Acid Bacteria A Review Article APCBEE Procedia 2012
ISSN:2212-6708 Vol.2, No.1 pp: 50-56 DOI:


M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Development of an optimised growth strategy for intensive propagation, lactic acid and bacteriocin production of selected strains of Lactobacilli genus, International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications (IJCEA) 2010 ISSN: 2010-0221 Vol.1, No.1, pp: 55-62 DOI:10.7763/IJCEA.2010.V1.10

Book chapters and conference proceedings


M.P. Zacharof Biorefinery Concept Applied to Fruit Wine Wastes Science and Technology of Fruit Wine Production: Edited by: Maria R. Kosseva, V.K. Joshi, P.S. Panesar, pp.599-616 Elsevier Hardcover ISBN: 9780128008508 eBook ISBN: 9780128010341


M.P. Zacharof Strategies for advantageous antimicrobial activity by bacteriocins from lactic acid bacteria: Higher yield, enhanced activity and successful application in foods Advances in Food Biotechnology, Edited by Ravishankar Rai V, 2015 pages 511-526; John Wiley & Sons, Print ISBN: 9781118864555 Online ISBN: 9781118864463


M.P.Zacharof, C. Vouzelaud, R.W. Lovitt Formulation using membrane technology of spent anaerobic digester effluents as a nutritive source for bacterial growth In: Popov, V., Itoh, H.Brebbia, C.A. (eds.) Waste Management and the Environment, Vol. VII, UK Wessex Institute of Technology, UK WIT Press pp: 251-257 2014 ISBN: 978-1-84564-760-5

M.P. Zacharof and R. W. Lovitt, Economic liquid growth medium development for high-rate production of cellular biomass and lactic acid of Lactococcus lactis, In: Mendez-Vilas A. (ed) Industrial, medical and environmental applications of microorganisms: current status and trends Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp:419-423 2014 ISBN: 978-90-8686-243-6


M.P. Zacharof and R. W. Lovitt The use of agricultural digester liquid waste as a source of valuable nutrients Waste Management and the Environment VI Edited by: V. POPOV, Wessex Institute of Technology, UK; H. ITOH, Nagoya University, Japan and C.A. BREBBIA, Wessex Institute of Technology, UK WIT Press pp: 335-342 2012 ISBN: 978-1-84564-606-6

M.P. Zacharof. R. W. Lovitt An innovative growth strategy for propagation and bacteriocin production of Lactobacilli Microbes in Applied Research: Current Advances and Challenges World Scientific Publishing Company Pte Ltd pp:321-326 2012 DOI: 10.1142/9789814405041_0064 ISBN:978-981-4405-03-04

M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt Use of complex effluent streams as a potential source of volatile fatty acids The 4th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation September 10-13, 2012 – Porto, Portugal WasteEng12 PROCEEDINGS (Vol. 3) Edited by A. Nzihou and F. Castro pp:861-866 ISBN:979-10-91526-00-5

R.W. Lovitt, M.P.Zacharof, M.L.Gerardo Nutrient recovery from sludge using filtration systems 17th European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference Proceedings 2012 ISBN: 978-1-90-395842-1


M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt, K. Ratanapongleka Investigation of a suitable growth strategy for optimisation of intensive propagation and lactic acid production of selected strains of Lactobacillus genus Proceedings of 2010 International Conference on Chemical Engineering and Applications (CCEA 2010) Singapore, pp: 7-12 2010 ISBN :978-184626 -023-0

M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt, K. Ratanapongleka The importance of Lactobacilli in contemporary food and pharmaceutical industry A review article Proceedings of 2010 International Conference on Chemical Engineering and Applications (CCEA 2010) Singapore, pp: 13-18, 2010 ISBN: 978-184626-023-0


M.P. Zacharof, R. W. Lovitt, K. Ratanapongleka: Optimization of growth conditions for intensive propagation, growth development and lactic acid production of selected strains of Lactobacilli Chemeca 2009, 27 – 30 September, Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth Australia Engineering Our Future: Are We up to the Challenge? pp:1830-1838, 2009 ISBN: 9780858259225


• Associate Member Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), United Kingdom
• Member of Society of Chemical Industry (SOCI), United Kingdom
• Ordinary Member of Society of General Microbiology (SGM), United Kingdom
• Member of International Water Association (IWA), United Kingdom


Bioprocess design & development within the scope of industrial carbon reduction and resource recovery

Areas of Expertise

Bioprocess Engineering , Biotechnology, Fermentation Science, Industrial and Food Microbiology, Mathematical Modeling , Carbohydrates and Enzymes analysis, Separation processes, Analytical Chemistry Techniques, Wastewater Treatment, Chemical Engineering Education



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