School of Engineering


Daniel Aiken

Daniel is one of our current STREAM researchers

Rational Design of Bioelectrochemical Systems

I graduated with an MEng in Civil Engineering from Newcastle University in July 2014. Following this, I worked as a Research Assistant at Newcastle University for a number of months before travelling to Asia, followed by New Zealand where I found work as a Data Analyst at the Open Polytechnic.

After this, I decided I wanted to return to the UK to complete my doctorate.

The STREAM programme offers me the perfect opportunity to obtain my doctorate, while also gaining professional experience within the Water Industry.

The prospect of completing research work with Bioelectrochemical Systems (BES) is an exciting one. Having completed my master’s thesis on the financial feasibility of BES, I already have background knowledge in the area and find the whole process fascinating.

I’m gripped by the fusion of biology, chemistry and engineering to solve environmental and human issues faced by our society. Protecting the environment from the discharge of waste, more specifically wastewater, and our continued consumption of unsustainable energy sources are some of the greatest challenges that face our society and the world we live in.

BES, it is hoped, will help to be a solution to these problems.

The 21st century is an exciting yet daunting time. Although geopolitical relations, the economy and Miley Cyrus’ twerking largely predominate the media, for me there couldn’t be anything more important than trying to build a sustainable society that protects everybody’s interests and the world we live in.

It’s my hope that I may be able to contribute towards that goal through STREAM and in my future career.

Microbial Electrolysis Cells and Copper Anodes: High current, low cost, high risk (PDF: 735KB)