Dr. Jimmy Roussel obtained two MSc degrees from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Rennes (France) in environmental chemistry and from Cranfield University in Water and wastewater technology in 2008. He obtained his PhD degree at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham in 2013. His PhD dissertation, “Metal behaviour in anaerobic sludge digesters supplemented with trace nutrients”, focused on the determination of the speciation of essential metals using a suite of analytical techniques and model simulation.

He continued his career at the University of Birmingham, where he worked on several projects, including the bio-refining of metallic waste to form ZnS quantum dots using sulfidogenic bioreactors and electro-separation of volatile fatty acids for methane and hydrogen production. In October 2013, he successfully obtained and led an EPSRC knowledge transfer secondment project (EP/K503873/1) between Blue Sky Bio and University of Birmingham on the enhancement of bioenergy production through electric pre-digestion of feedstock for anaerobic digestion. The work was continued with Innovative UK knowledge transfer partnership project (KTP 9937) on the development of the Hygen Bio Reactor.

His main research fields and expertise are on the production of biogas from wastes, trace elements roles and behaviour in anaerobic bioreactors and environmental analytical techniques and modelling.

Recent Research Publications

Roussel J., and Carliell-Marquet, C. (2016) Significance of Vivianite Precipitation on the Mobility of Iron in Anaerobically Digested Sludge. Front. Environ.Sci.4:60. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2016.00060

Van Hullebusch E.D., Guibaud G., Simon S.,…, Roussel J., et al. (2016) Methodological approaches for fractionation and speciation to estimate trace element bioavailability in engineered anaerobic digestion ecosystems: An overview. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science & Technology, 46 (16), 1324-1366

Roussel J., Murray A.J., Rolley J., Johnson D.B. and Macaskie L.E. (2015) Biosynthesis of Zinc Sulfide Quantum Dots Using Waste Off-Gas from Metal Bioremediation Process. Advanced Materials Research Vol. 1130 (2015) pp 555-559