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Dr Matthew Reilly

BSc (Hons), PhD

EPSRC Innovation Fellow

Having obtained his PhD (focused on anaerobic digestion and dark fermentation) from The University of South Wales, Dr. Matthew Reilly is currently a Research Fellow based at Harper Adams University. Some of his biogas research contributions to date include the first demonstration of biohydrogen production from alkaline pre-treated wheat straw by mixed-cultures, development of a low-cost method for dark fermentation batch studies and reporting of experimental bias in the typical methodologies which have been used to compare single- and two-stage anaerobic digestion. Matthew’s research has also focused on the recovery of additional resources to biogas, from anaerobic digestion systems. He was responsible for delivery of the practical aspects of a 3-year EPSRC project titled: Recovery and re-use of energy, water and nutrients from waste in the food chain (Redivivus). This research incorporated the use of electrocoagulation to facilitate the separation of water, metals and phosphorous in digestate. Previously, Matthew has held a BBSRC LBNet Fellowship that was granted for meta-omics characterisation of the extracellular proteome during anaerobic digestion of wheat straw. In summer 2018, he was awarded a prestigious EPSRC Innovation Fellowship to lead research on the use of anaerobic gut fungi and methanogen co-cultures for biogas production from straw. Matthews’s EPSRC fellowship includes visiting researcher roles at The University of California: Santa Barbara, US and Nanjing Agricultural University, China.

Summary of Matthew’s expertise:

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Dark fermentation
  • Anaerobic fungi
  • Piot-scale bioreactor design & scoping studies
  • Anaerobic microbiology
  • Pre-treatment of lignocellulose/straw for biogas production
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Volatile fatty acid production
  • Biomethane potential (BMP) tests
  • Biohydrogen potential (BHP) tests

Professional Memberships

International Water Association (IWA)

Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

Environmental Biotechnology Network (BBSRC EBNet)

The Biomass Biorefinery Network (BBSRC BBNet)




Academic Department: Veterinary Health and Animal Sciences

Tel: +44 (0) 1952 815 489

Office: ACSES Office


Other publications

  • Reilly, M., Cooley, A.P., Tito, D, Tassou, S.A., & Theodorou, M.K. (2019) Electrocoagulation treatment of dairy processing and slaughterhouse wastewaters Energy Procedia 161, 343–351
  • Reilly, M., Richardson, B., Tito, D., Tassou, S.A. & Theodorou M.K. (2017) Recovery of nutrients and water from anaerobic effluents by using Fe and Al electrodes. Proceedings of 15th IWA World Conference on Anaerobic Digestion (AD-15). October 17-20, 2017, Beijing, China.
  • Oreggioni, G. D., Gowreesunker, B. L., Tassou, S. A., Bianchi, G., Reilly, M., Kirby, M. E., Toop, T., & Theodorou, M. K. (2017) Potential for Energy Production from Farm Wastes Using Anaerobic Digestion in the UK: An Economic Comparison of Different Size Plants Energies 10(9)
  • Oreggioni, G. D., Luberti, M., Reilly, M., Kirby, M. E., Toop, T., Theodorou, M., & Tassou, S. A. (2017) Techno-economic analysis of bio-methane production from agriculture and food industry waste Energy Procedia 123, 81–88
  • Reilly, M., Richardson, B., Tito, D., Tassou, S.A. & Theodorou M.K. (2016) The recovery of water and nutrients following anaerobic digestion of food waste. Proceedings of Bioenergy Australia 2016 Annual Conference. November 14-16, 2016, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Reilly, M., Dinsdale, R., & Guwy, A (2016) The impact of inocula carryover and inoculum dilution on the methane yields in batch methane potential tests Bioresource Technology 208, 134–139
  • Reilly, M., Dinsdale, R., & Guwy, A (2015) Enhanced biomethane potential from wheat straw by low temperature alkaline calcium hydroxide pre-treatment Bioresource Technology 189, 258–265
  • Jones, R. J., Massanet-Nicolau, J., Guwy, A., Premier, G. C., Dinsdale, R. M., & Reilly, M (2015) Removal and recovery of inhibitory volatile fatty acids from mixed acid fermentations by conventional electrodialysis Bioresource Technology 189, 279–284
  • Reilly, M., Dinsdale, R., & Guwy, A. (2014) Mesophilic biohydrogen production from calcium hydroxide treated wheat straw. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 39(30), 16891–16901.
  • Reilly, M., Dinsdale, R., & Guwy, A. (2013) The influences of pH, nutrients, and inoculum : substrate ratio on batch dark fermentation biohydrogen yields. Proceedings of 13th IWA World Conference on Anaerobic Digestion (AD-13). June 25-28, 2013, Santiago de Compostella, Spain.



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