Dr Paul Jensen
- Senior Research Fellow
Paul Jensen is a research leader in the areas of anaerobic biotechnology and resource recovery at the AWMC, these research programs have developed since 2005 to over $12M in total funding incorporating 25 personnel including academic and engineering researchers, higher degree research students and undergraduate positions.
Paul aims to improve sustainability through research and technology development in the areas of waste treatment with a focus on recovery of renewable energy resources, production of bio-fertilizers, bio-plastics and other high value products from wastes and other low value raw materials.
Paul leads the highly successful red meat research partnership between the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and UQ that includes research on wastewater characterisation, recovery of energy, nutrient and water resources and development of a range of technology solutions that fit the broad needs of industry (i.e. ranging from low-cost lagoon based technologies to next-generation membrane processes).
Paul is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts on methanogenic biodegradability and activity testing and actively contributes to over 12 research and consulting projects per year with applications across the product development cycle. Importantly, Paul and his team are having real world impact, and have contributed to a range of major wastewater infrastructure projects in the municipal and agricultural sectors in the past 5 years.
- Municipal, industrial and agri-industrial waste treatment
- Anaerobic digestion and co-digestion
- Recovery of energy, nutrient and water resources from waste
- Low-energy combustion of solid waste
- Novel bioremediation processes
- Microbial activity testing and inhibition analysis
- Genomic driven process design
- Bio-reactor design and operation
- Pilot Plant and Demonstration facilities
Enhanced Energy Recovery in Australian Industry through Anaerobic Co-digestion
Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors: In vessel technology for high rate recovery of energy and nutrient resources
Intracellular manufacturing - high performance biomaterials from methane
Assessing stimulation and inhibition of anaerobic lagoons
Strategic evaluation of opportunities and R&D needs for water reuse and recycling in red meat processing operations
Purple phototrophic bacteria for resource recovery from red meat processing wastewater
Enhanced methane production from pig manure in covered lagoons and digesters
- >30 publications in peer reviewed journals (H index 13, >530 Citations), 1 book chapter, >20 publications at peer reviewed conferences
- Chief investigator on 25 projects with over $6M in competitive funding in multiple research environments (2008-2015)
- Core UQ Chemical Engineering Teacher CHEE2001 – Process Principles, with outstanding course evaluations
- Australian Meat Processor Corporation Research Fellowship (2013-2014)
- AWA QLD Research Innovation Award (2013)
- AWA QLD Young Water Professional of the Year (2012)
- Environmental Biotechnology CRC Research Fellowship (2011-2012)
- Commissioned full-scale plant demonstrating anaerobic digestion technology (2010-2012)
- Over 40 commercial and consulting projects across industries in including wastewater, sanitation, food processing, pulp and paper and agriculture
- Engineers Australia
- International Water Association (IWA)
- Australian Water Association (AWA)
- 2015: UQ Excellence Commendation for Leadership
- 2015: UQ EAIT Teaching Excellence Award
- 2013: Australian Water Association (AWA) QLD Research Innovation Award
- 2013: Australian Meat Processor Corporation Fellowship in Wastewater Technology
- 2012: AWA QLD Young Water Professional of the Year
- 2012: AWA QLD Research Merit Award Finalist
Peces M, Astals S, Clarke WP, Jensen PD. (2016). Semi-aerobic fermentation as a novel pre-treatment to obtain VFA and increase methane yield from primary sludge. Bioresource Technology: 200(2016) p631-638
Pratt C, Redding M, Hill, J, Jensen PD. (2015). Does manure management affect the latent greenhouse gas emitting potential of livestock manures? Waste Management: 46 (2015) p 568-576.
Astals S, Batstone DJ, Tait S, Jensen PD. (2015). Development and validation of a rapid test for anaerobic inhibition and toxicity. Water Research. 81, p208-215.
Batstone DJ, Lu Y, Jensen PD. (2015). Impact of dewatering technologies on specific methanogenic activity. Water Research. 82, p78-85.
Jensen PD, Yap SD, Gotla-Boyle A, Janoschka J, Carney C, Pidou M and Batstone DJ. (2015). Anaerobic membrane bioreactors enable high rate treatment of slaughterhouse wastewater. Biochemical Engineering Journal: 97 (2015): 132-141.
Astals S, Musenze RS, Bai X, Tannock S, Tait S, Pratt S, Jensen PD (2015). Anaerobic co-digestion of pig manure and algae: Impact of intracellular algal products recovery on co-digestion performance. Bioresource Technology, 181, 97-104
Vanwonterghem I, Jensen PD, Rabaey K, Tyson GW. (2015). Temperature and solids retention time control microbial population dynamics and volatile fatty acid production in replicated anaerobic digesters. Scientific Reports: 5, 8496.
Jensen PD, Astals S, Lu Y, Devadas M and Batstone DJ. (2014). Anaerobic codigestion of sewage sludge and glycerol, focusing on process kinetics, microbial dynamics and sludge dewaterability. Water Research: 67(2014) 355-366.
Jensen PD, Sullivan T, Carney C and Batstone DJ. (2014). Analysis of the potential to recover energy and nutrient resources from cattle slaughterhouses in Australia by employing anaerobic digestion. Applied Energy: 136(2014) 23-31. IF:
Astals S, Mata-Alvaez J, Batstone DJ and Jensen PD. (2014). Identification of synergistic impacts during anaerobic co-digestion of organic wastes. Bioresource Technology. 169 (2014) 421-427. IF: 5.039
Gotla-Boyle A, Jensen PD, Wang Y and Batstone DJ. (2014). Dynamic multidimensional modelling of submerged membrane bioreactor fouling. Journal of Membrane Science: 467, p153-161.
Ho DP, Jensen PD and Batstone DJ. (2014). Effects of temperature and hydraulic retention time on acetotrophic pathways and performance in high-rate sludge digestion. Environmental Science and Technology: 48(11), p6468-6476.
Vanwonterghem I, Jensen PD, Dennis PG, Rabaey K, Tyson GW (2014) Deterministic processes guide long-term synchronised population dynamics in replicate anaerobic digesters. The ISME Journal: 2014(8) p215-228.
Vanwonterghem I, Jensen PD, Ho DP, Hugenholtz P, Rabaey K, Tyson GW (2014) Linking microbial community structure, interactions and function in anaerobic digesters using new molecular techniques. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 27. 55-64