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For his PhD, Dr Chris Chuck investigated novel catalysts for the production of biodiesel from waste oils. After which Chris switched departments to Mechanical Engineering where he worked closely with the Ford Motor Company and BP on developing renewable biofuel technology, he also oversaw the design and construction of a microalgal bioreactor.

Chris spent the next 18 months running his own consultancy, in which he worked on projects related to renewable bioproducts with a range of companies, the Universities of Exeter, Bath and Bangor and DEFRA.

In September 2010, Chris rejoined the University of Bath as a Knowledge Transfer Fellow, developing catalysts for the production of bioplastics with Purac Biochem. He was awarded a Whorrod Research Fellowship in Sustainable Chemical Technologies in September 2011.


Chris’s group is multidisciplinary and investigates renewable alternative fuels and bioproducts. Within the group both photo-, mixo- and heterotrophic microbes are being investigated for their potential to produce lipids and higher value bioproducts. The aim is to develop this research into a sustainable biorefinery where fuels, chemicals and animal feed can be produced economically without impacting heavily on food and fresh water resources.

Further work is being undertaken into the upgrading of the biomass products by applying alternative chemical methods to fuel synthesis. The resulting liquid fuels address not only the sustainability issues but also the poor performance of current first generation biofuels. The aim of this work is to develop suitable road transportation fuels and biofuels suitable for the aviation industry. To further support this work collaborations are in place with academics in Mechanical Engineering working on fuel combustion and Life Cycle Analysis as well as EADS and the Ford Motor Company.

Further work within the group includes upgrading lignin through catalytic depolymerisation and testing this as a renewable additive.

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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 2004 2019

Assessing the impact of FAME and diesel fuel composition on stability and vehicle filter blocking

Gopalan, K., Chuck, C., Roy-Smith, C. & Bannister, C., 15 Jan 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Co-liquefaction of Macroalgae with Common Marine Plastic Pollutants

Raikova, S., Allen, M. & Chuck, C., 21 Mar 2019, In : ACS Sustainable Chemisty and Engineering . 7, 7, p. 6769-6781 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Improving electrocoagulation floatation for harvesting microalgae

Landels, A., Beacham, T. A., Evans, C. T., Carnovale, G., Raikova, S., Cole, I. S., Goddard, P., Chuck, C. & Allen, M. J., 1 May 2019, In : Algal Research. 39, 101446.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Lipid production through the single-step microwave hydrolysis of macroalgae using the oleaginous yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima

Abeln, F., Fan, J., Budarin, V. L., Briers, H., Parsons, S., Allen, M. J., Henk, D. A., Clark, J. & Chuck, C. J., 1 Mar 2019, In : Algal Research. 38, p. 1-9 9 p., 101411.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A palm oil substitute and care product emulsions from a yeast cultivated on waste resources

Author: Whiffin, F., 15 Feb 2016

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Assessing the Wine Yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima for the Production of 2-Phenylethanol

Author: Chantasuban, T., 11 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor) & Scott, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Bioprospecting for Extremophile Oleaginous Yeasts

Author: Abd Ghaffar, N. R., 1 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor) & Scott, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Catalytic Routes to Liquid Aviation Fuels from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks

Author: Donnelly, J., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor), Bannister, C. (Supervisor) & McManus, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD