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Ernesto Hernandez

Dr Ernesto Hernandez

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering & Research Supervisor

School of Engineering, Technology and Design

I was the founding Programme Director of Chemical Enginering, and I am now the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator at the SETD.

Available to supervise PhD students.

I obtained my PhD at The University of Sheffield and I am a researcher, teacher, tutor, board member, outreach and recruitment coordinator, to cite a few.

I chose my field of work as I am interested in finding ways to help people and the environment with better bioinspired solutions to build sustainable societies.

I intend to keep helping society with bioinspired solutions.

European examiner of PhD works.

Modules in which I have taught:

  • Design project in chemical engineering 
  • Advanced Chemical Reaction Enginering  
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering  
  • Professional Chemical Engieering and Development  
  • Advanced Chemistry for Chemical Engineers  
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering  
  • Introduction to Chemistry  
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Processes  Principles of Chemistry  
  • Biochemistry  
  • Microbiology  
  • Natural Product Chemistry  
  • Physical Laws of the Natural World  
  • General Chemistry 

Research interests & Supervison

Do you want to do a research degree? Are you interested in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology and Biological engineering and Biochemical engineering or related topics? Then I would be pleased to hear from you.

Research discipline: Biochemical Engineering  

Themes: Bioprocess Engineering and Biocatalysis.  

Our century is witnessing fast changes in the way we create chemicals and related services. Sustainable materials from waste, plants, microbes, animals and by-products will progressively replace petroleum materials. Besides, the processing of petroleum, minerals and biomass will gradually be more sustainable thanks to environmentally friendly biotechnologies. Chemicals and processes that are problematic for people, the economy and the environment will be replaced to achieve sustainable goals. This situation is an opportunity to create and apply bioprocesses and biocatalysis for sustainable manufacturing.

I research a variety of ways to use microbes, enzymes and other cellular chemicals to solve a number of problems currently facing society. For instance, these biocatalysts can convert a variety of wastes into natural gas (methane); decontaminate water, soil and sludge; capture smoky carbon dioxide; produce commodity chemicals in biorefineries; or ease the flow of oil in deep underground oil reservoirs at tremendously high temperatures and pressures.

I am investigating biocatalysis and bioprocessing and their applications to current sustainability challenges. For instance, to produce valuable chemicals, energy, water, nutrients and services. I am interested in deploying biology and engineering capabilities to create sustainable biorefineries. I intend to keep helping society with bioinspired solutions.

Research and knowledge exchange

Spired strategies collaboratively to produce useful chemicals while helping people and the environment. Some examples include -but are not limited to:

Research Projects

  • Increasing vertical farming yield through the optimisation of nutrient growth in algae to be used as a fertiliser, with use of digital twin monitoring.. Researcher(s): Miss Natasha Vaccaro. Supervisor(s): Dr Ernesto Hernandez, Dr Asma Ahmed, Dr Abdullahi Ahmed. [Postgraduate Research Project]