Prof Giuliano Premier known as Giuliano [aka Iano]
Professor of Low Carbon Systems Engineering
Giuliano Premier is Professor in Low Carbon Systems Engineering and senior member of the Sustainable Environment Research Center (SERC) and its subunits, the Hydrogen Research Unit (HRU) and Wastewater Treatment Research Unit (WWTRU) at the University of Glamorgan. His research activities cover renewable energy systems, biological wastewater treatment, wider technical and socio-economic implications of a transition to a hydrogen based economy, biohydrogen production, and bioelectrochemical systems (BES), including microbial fuel cells, microbial electrolysis, and resource recovery. His Doctorate concerned the modelling and automatic control of anaerobic digestion (AD) processes and has since been involved with research into anaerobic processes including AD, Microbial Fuel Cells and Bioelectrochemical Systems and the biological production of hydrogen. His research has included industrial computer aided control system design and he has worked on instrumentation for soil and groundwater bio-activity monitoring. He has been and/or is currently involved in collaborative projects with universities and industrial partners, such as: EU FP6 REMOVALS project, during which hydrogen has been generated from sewage sludge; EPSRC SUPERGEN Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium, considering the production of hydrogen from crops; SUPERGEN Biological Fuel Cells Consortium in which he leads the Microbial Fuel Cells Theme; the NERC led TSEC BioSys project, modelling of biological conversion; Carbon Trust projects in which dark fermentative hydrogen and methane from an industrial co-product are considered; EU ERDF which has established The Hydrogen Research and Demonstration Centre at Baglan Bay in South Wales, and proceeded to the CymruH2Wales LCRI project, where research into the technical and socio-economic implications of a transition to a hydrogen economy continued. Currently, the collaborations continue with flexible funding from the Supergen H2FC for hydrogen production; BBSRC C1Net PoC funding; BBSRC/InnovateUK IB Catalyst on Management and Use of Biofilms, specifically for sensing; the NERC Resource Recovery from Waste programme’s MeteoRR project and a soon to commence an EPSRC consortium project related to the bioelectrchemical synthesis of fuels.
Some recent publications:
1. Boghani, H. C., Michie, I., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2016 in press) Control of microbial fuel cell voltage using a gain scheduling control strategy, Journal of Power Sources.
2. Fernandez, R., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2016) Critical analysis of methods for the measurement of volatile fatty acids, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 46, 209-234.
3. Jones, R. J., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Guwy, A. J., Dinsdale, R. M., and Premier, G. C. (2016 in press) Maximising Biohydrogen Yields via Continuous Electrochemical Hydrogen Removal and Carbon Dioxide Scrubbing., Bioresource Technology.
4. Ng, K. S., Head, I., Premier, G. C., Scott, K., Yu, E., Lloyd, J., and Sadhukhan, J. (2016) A Multilevel Sustainability Analysis of Zinc Recovery from Wastes, Resources, Conservation and Recycling 88-105.
5. Popov, A. L., Michie, I., Kim, J.-R., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., Esteves, S. R., and Premier, G. C. (2016) Enrichment strategy for enhanced bioelectrochemical hydrogen production and the prevention of methanogenesis, IJHE 41, 4120-4131.
6. Song, Y. E., Boghani, H. C., Kim, H. S., Kim, B. G., Lee, T. H., Jeon, B. H., Premier, G. C., and Kim, J. R. (2016 in press) Application of maximum power point tracking to increase the power production and treatment efficiency of a continuously operated flat-plate microbial fuel cell, Energy Technology.
7. Fernandez, R., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2016) Critical analysis of methods for the measurement of volatile fatty acids, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 46, 209-234.
8. Premier, G. C., Michie, I., Boghani, H. C., Fradler, K., and Kim, J. R. (2016) Reactor design and scale-up, In Microbial electrochemical and fuel cells: Fundamentals and applications (Scott, K., and Yu, E. H., Eds.), Elsevier, Woodhead Publishing.
9. Zhang, F., Maddy, J., Premier, G., and Guwy, A. (2015) Novel current sensing photovoltaic maximum power point tracking based on sliding mode control strategy, Solar Energy 118, 80-86.
10. Sadhukhan, J., Lloyd, J., Scott, S., Premier, G. C., Yu, E., Curtis, T., and Head, I. (2015) A Critical Review of Integration Analysis of Microbial Electrosynthesis (MES) Systems with Waste Biorefineries for the Production of Biofuel and Chemical from Reuse of CO2 Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews.
11. Kaur, A., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2015) Chapter 17: Improved Dynamic Response and Range in Microbial Fuel Cell-Based Volatile Fatty Acid Sensor by Using Poised Potential, In Renewable Energy in the Service of Mankind Vol I (Sayigh, A., Ed.), Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
12. Jones, R. J., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Guwy, A., Premier, G. C., Dinsdale, R. M., and Reilly, M. (2015) Removal and recovery of inhibitory volatile fatty acids from mixed acid fermentations by conventional electrodialysis, Bioresource Technology 189, 279-284.
13. Jimenez, J., Latrille, E., Harmand, J., Robles, A., Ferrer, J., Gaida, D., Wolf, C., Mairet, F., Bernard, O., Alcaraz-Gonzalez, V., Mendez-Acosta, H., Zitomer, D., Totzke, D., Spanjers, H., Jacobi, F., Guwy, A., Dinsdale, R., Premier, G., Mazhegrane, S., Ruiz-Filippi, G., Seco, A., Ribeiro, T., Pauss, A., and Steyer, J.-P. (2015) Instrumentation and control of anaerobic digestion processes: A review and some research challenges, Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/technology.
14. Kaur, A., Ibrahim, S., Pickett, C. J., Michie, I. S., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2014) Anode modification to improve the performance of a microbial fuel cell volatile fatty acid biosensor, Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 201, 266-273.
15. Kaur, A., Boghani, H. C., Michie, I., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2014) Inhibition of methane production in microbial fuel cells: Operating strategies which select electrogens over methanogens, Bioresource Technology.
16. Fradler, K., Michie, I., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2014) Augmenting Microbial Fuel Cell power by coupling with Supported Liquid Membrane Permeation for zinc recovery, Water Research.
17. Fradler, K., Kim, J. R., Shipley, G., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2014) Operation of a bioelectrochemical system as a polishing stage for the effluent from a two-stage biohydrogen and biomethane production process, Biochemical Engineering Journal 85, 125-131.
18. Fradler, K., Kim, J. R., Boghani, H. C., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., and Premier, G. C. (2014) The effect of internal capacitance on power quality and energy efficiency in a tubular microbial fuel cell, Process Biochemistry.
19. Carr, S., Premier, G. C., Guwy, A. J., Dinsdale, R. M., and Maddy, J. (2014) Energy Storage for Active Network Management on Electricity Distribution Networks with Wind Power, IET Renewable Power Generation.
20. Carr, S., Premier, G. C., Guwy, A. J., and Dinsdale, R. M. (2014) Hydrogen Storage and Demand on Electricity Distribution Networks with Excess Wind Power, IJHE.
21. Boghani, H. C., Papaharalabos, G., Fradler, K., Michie, I., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., Ieropoulos, I., Greenman, J., and Premier, G. C. (2014) Controlling for peak power extraction from microbial fuel cells can increase stack potential and avoid cell reversal, Journal of Power Sources 269, 363-369.
22. Thanapalan, K., Carr, S., Zhang, F., Premier, G., and Guwy, A. (2013) Renewable Hydrogen Vehicles and Infrastructure Development in the UK, International Journal of Energy Engineering (IJEE) 3, 27-32.
23. Zhang, F., Thanapalan, K., Procter, A., Carr, S., Maddy, J., and Premier, G. (2013) Power management control for off-grid solar hydrogen production and utilisation system, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 38, 4334-4341.
Areas of Expertise
Mechanical Engineering; Bioprocesses; Bioelectrochemical Systems;Control; Modelling; Hydrogen Systems; Wet Biomass and Anaerobic Processes; Metrology and Sensors.
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