Dr Robert Lovitt

Dr Robert Lovitt

Honorary Appointment (Engineering), College of Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Email address

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Specialist Subjects:

  • Biochemical Process Engineering
  • Biological Reactors
  • Separation Processes
  • Membrane Technology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Aquaculture Engineering

Over 25 year research experience in the field of microbial physiology, microbial technology and biochemical engineering.

Algae production and process systems in particular the use of membranes for harvesting, cell disruption and cell component fractionation and purification. MF,UF NF and RO
lgae for waste remediation, the pre-treatment of waste materials to optimise algae utilisation and the use of algae to absorb metals and nutrients at low concentrations

Framework 7 Bioalgeasorb, Enalgea (intereg)

Algae cell disruption and processing
Digester fluid processing using membranes for the recovery of fatty acids, phosphorus and nitrogen
Sludge treatment systems and processing for detoxification, nutrient and metal recovery using MF UF and RO

LCRI project H2 Cymru

High affinity recovery systems for selective metals recovery at low using membrane and membrane integrated processing, Period 4 metals, rare earths and precious metals. Using MF. UF, NF and RO
Membrane bioreactors for anaerobic fermentations, fatty acid production including lactic acid bacteria
Membrane processing in food and beverages using MF and NF
Membrane processing of natural products using NF

Areas Of Expertise

  • Bioprocessing
  • Membrane technology
  • Fermentation technology
  • Environmental technology
  • Algal production technology
  • Effluents treatment systems and resource recovery
  • Acetic acid
  • Nanofiltration
  • Waste water engineering
  • Algea processing technology
  • Cell disruption