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Patricia J Harvey

Patricia J Harvey

Chair and Professor
University of Greenwich
United Kingdom


A senior expert in bioenergy supply chains and in the use of algal and non-food plant systems for the capture of CO2 and production of green chemicals and biofuels. She gained a PhD in plant biochemistry from the University of Durham, then joined Genzyme Biochemicals in protein production before moving into Business Development and Industrial Marketing. She resumed her research career at Imperial College on wood degradation and the biochemistry of polymeric lignin breakdown, then joined the University of Greenwich, where she holds the Chair in Biochemistry in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. She has led international and national research programmes, more recent of which include “The CO2 microalgae biorefinery: D-Factory”, a 10 million Euro FP7-funded project (; “Macrobiocrude”, (EPSRC-funded) ; Non-food bio-oil supply chains (EU-ACP-funded) ( aimed at capacity building measures in South Africa, Namibia and Ghana to create sustainable, non-food bio-oil supply chains; Ecotec21 (EU-Interreg) which installed novel, biofuel-fired CHP technology at the University of Greenwich using biooils and glycerol; and Tuning algae for biofuel profitably (NERC, Innovate UK). 90 publications; 2164 citations; h-index 23; i10-index 35.

Research Interest

Current Research Interests: Biorefineries; bioenergy; microalgae and macroalgae; redox enzymes and anti-oxidants