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Jaime Massanet-Nicolau


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BSc Plant Sciences
MSc Microbiology
PhD Bioenergy


My research interests involve adapting microbial processes to produce fuel and other useful compounds from waste materials and biomass. I develop anaerobic digestion methodologies than can cope with ‘real world’, structurally complex biomass types including, food waste, crop residues and wastewater biosolids. I also collaborate with my colleagues in the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) on novel ways to integrate anaerobic digestion with emerging bio-energy technologies such as microbial fuel cells, microbial electrolysis cells and electrochemical separation.


Jones, R.J., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Guwy, A., Premier, G.C., Dinsdale, R.M., Reilly, M., 2015. Removal and recovery of inhibitory volatile fatty acids from mixed acid fermentations by conventional electrodialysis. Bioresour. Technol. 189, 279–284. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.04.001

Massanet -Nicolau, J., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A., Shipley, G., 2015. Utilising biohydrogen to increase methane production, energy yields and process efficiency via two stage anaerobic digestion of grass. Bioresour. Technol. 189, 379–383. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.03.116

Fradler, K. R., Kim, J. R., Shipley, G., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Dinsdale, R. M., Guwy, A. J., & 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.

Massanet-Nicolau, J., Dinsdale, R., Guwy, A., & Shipley, G. (2013). Use of real time gas production data for more accurate comparison of continuous single-stage and two-stage fermentation. Bioresource technology,

Premier, G. C., Kim, J. R., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Kyazze, G., Esteves, S. R. R., Penumathsa, B. K. V., … Guwy, a. J. (2013). Integration of biohydrogen, biomethane and bioelectrochemical systems. Renewable Energy, 49(null), 188–192.

Guwy, A. J. J., Dinsdale, R. M. M., Kim, J. R. R., Massanet-Nicolau, J., & Premier, G. (2011). Fermentative biohydrogen production systems integration. Bioresource Technology, 102(18), 8534–8542.

Massanet-Nicolau, J., Guwy, A., Dinsdale, R., Premier, G., & Esteves, S. (2010). Production of hydrogen from sewage biosolids in a continuously fed bioreactor: Effect of hydraulic retention time and sparging. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 35(2), 469–478.

Massanet-Nicolau, J. (2009, February). Mesophilic Fermentative Hydrogen Production from Sewage Biosolids. University of Glamorgan.

Massanet-Nicolau, J., Dinsdale, R., & Guwy, A. (2008). Hydrogen production from sewage sludge using mixed microflora inoculum: Effect of pH and enzymatic pretreatment. Bioresource Technology, 99(14), 6325–6331.

Massanet-Nicolau, J. (2008). Fermentative hydrogen production from sewage sludge. In Fifth International Symposium on Anaerobic Digestion of Solid Wastes and Energy Crops (p. 13). Hammamet, Tunisia.

Pepperell, R., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Allen, V. M., & Buncic, S. (2003). Potential for Spread of Some Bacterial and Protozoan Pathogens via Abattoir Wastes Applied on Agricultural Land. Food Protection Trends, 23(4).

Massanet-Nicolau, J. (2003). New Method Using Sedimentation and Immunomagnetic Separation for Isolation and Enumeration of Cryptosporidium parvum Oocysts and Giardia lamblia cysts. Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 69(11), 6758–6761.

Massanet-Nicolau, J., Blackwell, A., Jonas, A., 2002. Development of methods to detect Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lamblia in biosolids applied to land. Food Saf. Assur. Vet. Public Heal. Food Saf. Assur. pre-harvest phase 296.

Buncic, S., Pepperell, R., Allen, V., Knowles, T., Keevil, B., Wilks, S., Bown, K., Tatton, A., Sharp, R., Holt, D., others, 2002. THE LEVELS OF PATHOGENS IN ABATTOIR WASTES (B05008).

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