Areas of expertise

  • Renewable Energy


Mr. Lawal Hano holds a Bachelor Degree in Microbiology from Usman Danfodio University Sokoto, Nigeria and Master's Degree in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology from University of Wolverhampton UK obtained in 2006 and 2014 respectively. He also holds Post Graduate Diploma in Education in 2013 from Shehu Shagari College Education Sokoto Centre for Education Continuity in affiliated with Ahmadu Bello University's Zaria, Nigeria which further encouraged his passion for teaching. He also holds a number Journals, Conferences and many workshop and seminar obtained during his Msc program from the University of Wolverhampton UK in the year 2014.   

Past experiences include Lecturing in Abdu Gusau Polytechnic Talata Mafara Zamfara State, Nigeria where he served as a Lecturer, Head of Unit (Microbiology) and Project Coordinator in Applied Science Department at School of Science and Technology between the periods of Jan, 2009 to Date, Dec, 2017 to Jan, 2019 and April, 2016 to Dec, 2017, respectively.

Research opportunities

Research on novel strategies of efficient production of bioplastic copolymers using waste renewable materials by potent microorganisms.

Research on Biomass and waste, white biotechnology and waste management and resource efficiency.

Bioremediation and renewable bioproducts production

Current activities

Mr. Hano joined Cranfield University Renewable Energy and Technology as a PhD Researcher in February, 2019. His research work is focused on "Sustainable production of bioplastics from waste oils using Pseudomonas Oleovorans”.

The Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) is the promising bioplastics that substitute non-degradable petroleum plastics, these bioplastics have useful properties such as mechanical and are biodegradable and biocompatible in their nature that are very similar/resembles the plastics of the petroleum based. Process of extraction and detection of these polymers through the process of staining the cells of the accumulated organism will highly compare with the level economical value. This research work will provide an opportunity to develop links between the Cranfield University and Me.

This research aims highlights the potential of waste oils that can be used as a substrate for polyhydroxyalkanoate production, the possible bioconversion strategies involving the use of waste lipid-rich materials. This will be achieve through the following objectives;


  • Review and evaluation of the production of polyhydroxyalkanoate from waste materials available for bacterial bio-conversion.
  • Evaluate the Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) production using two (2) species of Pseudomonas oleovorans (DSMZ 1045 and ATCC 29347) in five different lipid-rich wastes: used cooking oils, waxes, fat, oil and grease (FOG) for sewer, and grease trap waste.
  • Investigate the pretreatment of lipid-rich wastes to enhance PHA production using the microwave, sonicator and enzymatic (lipase) treatments. These have been selected following a thorough literature review
  • Develop a post-processing method for PHA extraction from Pseudomonas oleovorans attending to sustainability principles using inexpensive and environmentally friendly chemicals such as enzymes and sodium hydroxide.
  • Investigate the combined impact of the use of best conditions to achieve high PHA yield: bacteria, pretreatment, waste carbon source, post-treatment on process sustainability, compared with standard methods and food-grade carbon source