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Tosin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She received her PhD from Cranfield University, UK in Gas Turbines, Fuels and Applications, where she developed the first bio-fouling assessment model for gas turbine fuels and fuel systems. Her research is actively contributing to the development of the Nano-Membrane Toilet, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and designed for people lacking access to modern sanitation in developing countries. She has more than 8 years’ multidisciplinary research experience in applied microbiology, environmental sciences and energy systems, and is a pioneering researcher with interest in technology development, deployment, and solutions for developing economies. She won the 2013 BioVision. Nxt Fellowship and the 2015 Best Innovative Idea for Growth in Africa. Prior to her PhD, she worked in the Oil and Gas industry with technical expertise in environmental impact studies.

Current activities

The project aims to understand and ensure energy recovery from human waste, as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (RTTC), a Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The energy recovered is expected to power a new generation and inspiring self-sustained domestic scale toilet, the ‘Nano-Membrane Toilet’ and designed for people lacking access to modern sanitation in developing countries. Project covers faecal sludge characterisation, energy system modelling, bench-scale experimentation of thermal processes and further optimization studies.

Interests include Biomass and waste fuels, Renewable Power Generation, Life Cycle Assessment, Energy Systems Modelling, Technology Assessment, Environmental Impact Studies 


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)


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