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Alfred Fernandez-Castane

Dr, PhD in Biotechnology

    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    NEW! Applications are invited for a 3-year funded PhD Studentship on "Microbial Bioprocessing and Functional Magnetic Materials". Email Dr Alfred Fernandez-Castane for detailed information at I am also willing to supervise PhD students in the following areas: - Microbial Biotechnology - Magnetotactic Bacteria - Biopolymers - Biomass conversion using enzyme and whole-cell biocatalysis - Biotechnology for biorefineries


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    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    Dr. Alfred Fernández-Castané is Lecturer in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Principal Investigator within the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) and Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) groups at Aston University. He graduated in Biology by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB, Spain) and afterwards he pursued his MSc in Advanced Biotechnology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). He carried out his PhD thesis within the Chemical Engineering Department at UAB. His project focused on the development of a method to directly quantify IPTG in E. coli cytoplasm and medium samples. This methodology led to gaining a better knowledge and understanding of inducible systems, gene regulation and optimization of recombinant protein production. His PhD in Biotechnology was awarded in 2012 and he moved to France as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the ISSB-Evry where he developed his skills in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. Dr Fernández-Castané joined Dr Overton’s lab in 2014 as a Research Fellow in the €2.4m ERA-IB ProSeCa project at the University of Birmingham (UK). His research interests rely on the development of more sustainable and cost effective bioprocesses for the production of high-value products with industrial interest. Current research areas encompass the production of magnetosomes from magnetotactic bacteria, biodegradable biopolymers and enzymes for biofuels application.

    He is keen on outreach activities and he enjoys travelling, hiking and handball.

    Contact Details


    Room Number:  MB184C

    Tel +44(0)121 204 4870

    Education/Academic qualification

    1 Oct 200820 Apr 2012

    Award Date: 20 Apr 2012

    1 Oct 20071 Sep 2008

    Award Date: 30 Sep 2008

    15 Sep 200028 Feb 2007

    Award Date: 1 Feb 2007


    • TS Manufactures
    • Magnetic biomaterials
    • High-value bioproducts
    • QD Chemistry
    • Biotechnology
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
    • Renewable Energies
    • Bioproducts
    • L Education (General)
    • Research-Informed teaching
    • Q Science (General)
    • Applied Microbiology
    • Biotechnological Products
    • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
    • Bioprocess Engineering
    • Fermentation Technoogy

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    Research Output

    Metabolic characterisation of Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1 using LC-MS-based metabolite profiling

    Abdelrazig, S., Safo, L., Rance, G. A., Fay, M. W., Theodosiou, E., Topham, P. D., Kim, D. & Fernández-castané, A., 2 Sep 2020, In : RSC advances. 10, 54, p. 32548-32560 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Production of microbial lipids utilizing volatile fatty acids derived from wastepaper: A biorefinery approach for biodiesel production

    Annamalai, N., Sivakumar, N., Fernandez-Castane, A. & Oleskowicz-Popiel, P., 15 Sep 2020, In : Fuel. 276, 118087.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Unveiling magnetosome biomineralization in Magnetotactic Bacteria

    Fernandez-Castane, A. & Clarke-Bland, C., 30 Aug 2019, Biochemist, 41, 4, p. 58-59 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
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