Dr Mike Morris

2000 - Ph.D University of East London. Thesis title: ‘The use of phospholipid fatty acid profiles to determine the diversity of soil microbial communities on managed woodland stands'.

1989 - M.Sc. Analytical Biochemistry, University of Dundee. Thesis title: ‘Identification of coagulase negative staphylococci isolated from CAPD patients by numerical analysis of whole cell fatty acid methyl ester profiles’.

1984 - B.Sc.(Hons.) Medical Sciences (IIii), University of Bradford

Dr Mike Morris

Business Development Manager

IBERS

Contact Details

Profile

I received my PhD from the University of East London in 2000 with a thesis titled "The Use of Phospholipid Fatty Acid Profiles to Determine the Diversity of Soil Microbial Communities on Managed Woodland Stands" under the supervision of Jim Harris.
In February 2001 I started a 3 year Post-doc contract with Dr John Witty at IGER to design and build a portable "electronic nose" instrument to measure soil porosity and monitor efflux of anaerobic gases from soil cores as a way of determining soil quality.
Since early 2007 I have worked on the bioconversion of the high-sugar perennial rye-grasses (HSPRG) (Lolium perenne) that have been developed through conventional breeding over a 30 year period by the grass breeders at IBERS (previously IGER).
Since 2009 I have been the lead scientist on the Defra-LINK Grassohol project where we have been looking at the economic feasibility of a HSPRG based biorefinery. While this work has necessarily been directed toward production of ethanol I am particularly interested in developing a range of value products from this and other biomass feedstocks, these include novel polymerics, platform chemicals (lactic & succinic acid), native proteins, lipids/oils and bioactive compounds etc.

 

Research

Biorefining: Since 2007 I have worked on the bioconversion of the high-sugar perennial rye-grasses (HSPRG) (Lolium perenne) that have been developed through conventional breeding over a 30 year period by the grass breeders at IBERS (previously IGER). Since 2009 I have been the lead scientist on the Defra-LINK Grassohol project investigating the economic feasibility of a HSPRG based biorefinery. This work has been directed toward production of ethanol but I am particularly interested in developing a range of value products from biomass feedstocks, including novel polymerics, platform chemicals (lactic & succinic acid), native proteins, lipids/oils & bioactive compounds etc. I am also responsible for the Biomass Processing KTC which provides larger scale capability of processing biomass, including densification by means of a 400kg/hr pellet press (for biomass & feed pelleting), 4 inch pilot screw press, 15kw hammer mill, drying ovens & the Sartoflow-alphaDL cross-flow filtration system.

I am interested in developing business contacts & R&D collaborations in the area of biorefining between Biorenewables at IBERS & both local, national & international SMEs' & organisations.

Project involvement

  • DEFRA RM LINK (2009-12) Conversion of High Sugar Grasses to alcohol based transport fuel (Grassohol)
  • WAG CIRP/A4B (2009-12) Use of high sugar grasses for the production of ethanol (Grassohol-WAG)
  • WAG CIRP/A4B (2009-11) Equipment grant for 'Biomass processing for high-value products' Knowledge Transfer Centre
  • WAG CIRP/A4B) (2010-12) Fibres to products using enzymes (Fibrzymes)
  • DTI (2007-2010) Succinic esters from renewable feedstocks (SERF)
  • PBL commercial (2008-11) Prebiotics from grasses
  • Applied Enzyme Technology collaboration (2009-11)
  • BEACON (2010-15) - responsible for designing the new biorefining pilot facility building. Specification & purchase of the larger scale processing equipment for the BEACON facility

Responsibilities

Business Development Manager for the BEACON Biorefining project

Publications

Hauck, B, Gallagher, J, Morris, SM, Leemans, DK & Winters, A 2014, 'Soluble Phenolic Compounds in Fresh and Ensiled Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata L.), a Common Species in Permanent Pastures with Potential as a Biomass Feedstock' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 468-475. https://doi.org/10.1021/jf4040749
Bryant, DN, Firth, E, Kaderbhai, NN, Taylor, S, Morris, SM, Logan, D, Garcia, N, Ellis, A, Martin, SM & Gallagher, JA 2013, 'Monitoring real-time enzymatic hydrolysis of Distillers Dried Grains with Soluble (DDGS) by dielectric spectroscopy following hydrothermal pre-treatment by steam explosion' Bioresource Technology, vol. 128, pp. 765-768. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2012.09.021
Martel, CM, Parker, JE, Jackson, CJ, Warrilow, AGS, Rolley, N, Greig, C, Morris, SM, Donnison, IS, Kelly, DE & Kelly, SL 2011, 'Expression of bacterial levanase in yeast enables simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of grass juice to bioethanol' Bioresource Technology, vol. 102, no. 2, pp. 1503-1508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2010.07.099
Winters, AL, Leemans, D, Morris, SM, Pippel, J, Lovatt, A, Charlton, A, Gallagher, J, Smith, L (ed.), Stafford, A (ed.) & Weightman, R (ed.) 2011, 'High-sugar perennial ryegrass as a feed-stock for bioconversion to platform chemicals' Aspects of Applied Biology, pp. 79-86.
Bryant, DN, Morris, SM, Leemans, DK, Fish, SA, Taylor, S, Carvell, J, Todd, RW, Logan, D, Lee, M, Garcia, N, Ellis, A & Gallagher, J 2011, 'Modelling real-time simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of lignocellulosic biomass and organic acid accumulation using dielectric spectroscopy' Bioresource Technology, vol. 102, no. 20, pp. 9675-9682. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2011.07.084
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