Dr James Strong

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PhD: Biotechnology

MSc: Microbiology

BSc Honours: Physical and Polymer Chemistry


My focus is converting organic residues into higher value products, or extracting components that are of value or use to other processes. Currently, I am looking at fungal biomass and enzyme synthesis.

Processes that I have worked on include enzyme synthesis, fungal and bacterial biomass production, methane generation, volatile fatty acid production, ethanol production and cyanobacterial secondary metabolite production. I also have experience with protein purification, biosolids degradation, wet air oxidation, denitrification, ammonia removal and wastewater remediation.

I am interested in any research that has an applied focus and happy to collaborate or consult. I try to provide solutions to problems, improve or integrate processes, or at the very least steer people in the direction of researchers or resources that can provide answers or solutions.


  1. Strong, P. J., Kalyuzhnaya, M., Silverman, J. and Clarke, W. P. (2016) A methanotroph-based biorefinery: potential scenarios for generating multiple products from a single     fermentation. Bioresource Technology, 215: 314-323.
  2. Strong PJ, Laycock B, Mahamud SN, Jensen PD, Lant PA, Tyson G, Pratt S. (2016) The opportunity for high-performance biomaterials from methane. Microorganisms. 3;4(1): E11. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms4010011.
  3. Strong PJ, Xie S and Clarke WP (2015) Methane as a resource: can the methanotrophs add value? Environmental Science & Technology. 49(7): 4001–4018.
  4. C Wang, H Lu, D Dong, H Deng, PJ Strong, H Wang, W Wu (2013). Insight into the effects of biochar on manure composting: evidence supporting the relationship between N2O emission and denitrifying community. Environmental Science & Technology. 47 (13): 7341-7349.
  5. Strong PJ, Gapes DJ (2012) Thermal and thermo-chemical pre-treatment of four waste residues and the effect on acetic acid production and methane synthesis. Waste Management. 32(9): 1669-77.
  6. Strong PJ, Claus H (2011) Laccase: a review of the past and future in bioremediation. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. 41(4): 373-434.
  7. Strong PJ, McDonald B, Gapes DJ. (2011) Combined thermochemical and fermentative destruction of municipal biosolids: a comparison between thermal hydrolysis and wet oxidative pre-treatment. Bioresource Technology. 102(9): 5520-5527.
  8. Strong PJ, Burgess JE. (2008) Fungal and enzymatic remediation of a wine lees and five wine-related distillery wastewaters. Bioresource Technology. 99(14): 6134-6142.
  9. Leukes WD, Strong PJ, Downing TC. (2003) Development of a membrane photobioreactor for the study of microcystin production by cyanobacteria. WRC Research Report, Report Number: 1103/1/03. ISBN: 1770050760.
  10. Woolard CD, Strong PJ, Erasmus CR. (2002) Evaluation and use of modified coal ash as a potential sorbent for organic waste streams. Applied Geochemistry, 17(8): 1159-1164.