please wait

Page loading - please wait...

Pattanathu Rahman

01642 384669
Job title:
SL in Chemical/Process Engineering/Process Biotechnology
School of Science, Engineering & Design
Follow Pattanathu Rahman on Twitter Connect with Pattanathu Rahman on LinkedIn More about Pattanathu Rahman  
Science, Engineering and Design research

About Pattanathu Rahman

Pattanathu Rahman

Pattanathu Rahman
SL in Chemical/Process Engineering/Process Biotechnology, School of Science, Engineering & Design
T: 01642 384669
Research: Science, Engineering and Design research

Dr Rahman is a Course Leader for MSc Food Sci & Biotechnology, Senior Lecturer in Process Engineering and Biotechnology, Director of TeeGene Biotech Ltd. with 20 years’ research experience on novel biotechnological approach in bioproduct development. He is a recipient of TU Enterprise Project of the Year – 2016 award and SAB Award of Excellence in Microbial Biotechnology. He is a Fellow of Society for Applied Biotechnology, Member of the Institute of Environmental Science and IChemE. Dr Rahman is an Editor of Frontiers in Microbiology and Associate Editor of ‘Frontiers in Environmental Science’. He has published 80 journals and conference publications (Source: Teesrep).

His research has received support from the Bioscience for Business KTN and this work led to the creation of the spin-out company TeeGene Biotech based at the Wilton Centre near Middlesbrough.  The company was runner-up at IChemE – Best Business Start-up award 2015 and IBLF award 2015. He has secured funding from Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Scholarships to optimise biosurfactant production using bacteria and biosynthesis of nanomaterials using medicinal plants. 

Dr Rahman has been selected to represent British R&D delegation to New Zealand to establish collaborative links in Agriculture and Plant and Food Research with New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes in Feb 2016, sponsored by the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), UKTI & British High Commission. He has been part of Royal Society-Indian DST funded research network development project, running a Biofuel workshop in Tamil Nadu under the auspices of the NEEDIL research network as NEEDIL President. He took part in an international Indo-Thai collaborative workshop in the area of new biofuel technology with the support of the British Council Prime Minister’s Initiative.

Dr Rahman has completed a doctorate degree in Microbiology at Bharathiar University. He has worked as Postdoc at the University of Ulster and Brookhaven National Laboratory (New York, USA) and completed an ‘Advanced Biologics’ course at the University of Cambridge in 2008.


Level 5: Bioreactors and Fermentation – Module Leader

Level 6: Bioprocessing – Module Leader

Level 6: Environment and Sustainability – Module Tutor

Level 7: Food Biotechnology - Module Leader

Esteem indicators and awards:

2016: Winner of ‘Enterprise Project of the Year award – Teesside University in March 2016.

2016: British High Commission delegation to New Zealand for Agri Biotech R&D in March 2016

2016: Keynote speaker: BBSRC Food Waste Net event in London on May 2016

2015: Panel member at BBSRC – IBCarb event on ‘Biotech Careers for PhD’s and Postdocs at St Andrews University

2015: Panel member at a ‘Biosurfactant workshop’ in University of East Anglia

2015: IBLF- London Business Pitch: Runner-up (Innovation in Bio-based products category)

2015: IChemE – Best Business Start-up award (Runner-up)

2015: Advisory Board Member– BBSRC- BioProNet

2015: Editor of Frontiers in Microbiology

2014: Associate Editor of Frontiers in Environmental Science

2013: SAB Award of Excellence in Microbial Biotechnology: 31 May 2013

2013: International conference organiser:  Indo-UK conference on Biomanufacturing, Karpagam University, India

2011 International delegation: Participation of UK Prime Minister initiative sponsored CPD project on New Biofuel Technologies, Thailand

2010 President of NEEDIL (Northeast England and Tamilnadu Network) 

PhD Students:

Mrs Chibuzo Uzoigwe – sponsored by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. PhD Topic: 'Biosurfactant production by environmental isolates from Nigerian Mangove samples'.

Mr Sam Joy – sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (India). PhD Topic: ‘Process development and purification of biosurfactants from bacteria’ collaborative project, Amity University, Noida, India

Mr Abubakar Abdulsalam Bello - sponsored by Petroleum Technology Development Fund. PhD Topic: Genetic modification of Pseudomonas putida for effective bioremediation of oil spills

Ms Supreeta Vijayakumar – TU sponsored PhD: ‘Computational models for biomedical optimisation of microorganisms’ (Supervisory team)

Mrs Esha Gupta – PhD topic: Bioprocess development for food grade biosurfactants using Probiotic bacteria, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab, (Supervisory team)

Research interests

Research Interest

Dr Rahman's research interests include:

·  Biosurfactants
·  Microbial Enhanced Oil recovery (MEOR)
·  Biotechnological approaches for mining industry
·  Enzymatic reduction of metallic pollutants
Research projects

1. 2016: BBSRC– CBMNet – Business Interaction Voucher. Project Title: Condition-specific engineering of Pseudomonas metabolism

2. 2016 – BBSRC- Metals in Biology Network Business Interaction Voucher. Project Title: Project Title: Bioaccumulation of platinum from waste

3. 2015 – BBSRC-HVCfP. Project Title Screening microalgae species for waste water phosphate removal/recovery and high value chemicals production

4. 2015 – BBSRC–CBMNet: Project title: ‘Plants as Nanoparticle Producers’ (Proof of Concept Grant)

5. 2015: INTERREG: BBNWE: Project title: Biosurfactant production by bacteria (BIOSUPER)

6. 2013 - Principal Investigator: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (UK) sponsored project, Biosynthesis of nanomaterials using Indian medicinal plants

7. 2012 - Principal Investigator: TU Business Investment Fund sponsored project: Commercial Performance study of the bio-surfactants produced via in-house micro-organisms

8. 2012 - Principal Investigator: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (UK) sponsored project, Optimisation of biosurfactant production by bacteria from mangrove swamp

9. 2010 – Principal Investigator: International visiting academics scheme. Development of Activated absorbents from biomass using biosurfactants for the removal of toxic substances from water

10. 2010 - Co-investigator: Teesside University – Enterprise Development Fund: Development of a novel process for the biodgradation of sheep’s wool to produce amino acids

11. 2008 - Principal Investigator: Teesside University - research studentship, (2008 – 2013). Biotechnological approaches for processing of electronic materials and devices and biosynthesis of precious metals

12. 2005 - Co-investigator: Defra Waste and Resources R&D Programme (2005 – 2007). Bio-recycling: resource recovery and reduction of oily hazardous wastes via biosurfactant washing and bioremediation

13. 2005 - Co-investigator: EU Life III Environment Programme (2005 – 2010). Biomass, remediation, regeneration (BioReGen): Reusing brownfield sites for renewable energy crops

14. 2004 - Principal investigator: University Research Fund (2004 – 2007). Determination of the optimum conditions for the production and extraction of biosurfactants by microbial fermentation using isolates from the Tees Valley Region

15. 2004 - Principal Investigator: University Research Fund (2004 – 2005). Bioleaching of waste oils in mill scale using biosurfactant

16. 2004 - Principal Investigator: Peter Berg Foundation for Scientific Research, 2004. Screening of industrially important bacteria

17. 2003 - Co-investigator: European Regional Development Fund, North East England objective 2 (2003 -2005) Bioremediation – SME support project

Enterprise interests

Dr Rahman is leading a University spinout company called TeeGene Biotech Ltd., based at the Wilton Centre. 

TeeGene’s R&D Portfolio:

2016: Collaborative Partnership with TU, BBSRC– CBMNet – Business Interaction Voucher.

Project Title: Condition-specific engineering of Pseudomonas metabolism:

In this project, we will build and exploit a model of Pseudomonas that: (i) allows building and analysing further condition-specific models of Pseudomonas, and (ii) will predict the optimal metabolic and genetic engineering steps needed to overproduce chemicals of interest and simultaneously minimise byproduct formation in a multi-target fashion. As a result, we will be able to predict the most efficient way to engineer microorganisms producing industrially-relevant compounds, with a focus on rhamnolipids, currently needed for industrial applications ranging from cosmetics to bioremediation of organic and heavy metal contaminated environments.

2016 – Collaborative Partnership with TU, BBSRC- Metals in Biology Net Business Interaction Voucher

Project Title: Bioaccumulation of platinum from waste

A collaboration between TeeGene, Teesside University, and the University of York, will investigate the potential of bacteria to recover platinum from industrial wastewater with the aim of re-using the recovered metal. The project aims to identify a suitable bacterium to be used in a waste refining process and identify any physicochemical factors that influence platinum recovery.

2015 – Collaborative Partnership with BBSRC-HVCfP, University of York & TeeGene

Project Title: Screening microalgae species for waste water phosphateremoval/recovery and high value chemicals production

The project identified useful microalgae strains and provided evidence that there is technical viability for the recovery ofphosphorus from waste water and the production of lipids that are of value tothe biofuels and nutraceutical industries using an integrated biorefineryapproach.

2015: Collaborative Partnership with BBSRC–CBMNet, University of York, TeeGene 

Project title: Plants as Nanoparticle Producers (Proof of Concept Grant)

This study is to establish whether PGM uptake in plants is via passive diffusion or mediated by (specific) proteins. The metal accumulating ability of plants can be used to capture metals from the environment. Furthermore, our studies demonstrated that plants can produce PGM-NPs which can make high-performing plant-based catalysts, either in their native state or after modification. These high value products could help satisfy demand for precious metals in industry and medicine.

2015 - Collaborative Partnership with BBEPP (Belgium) &INTERREG 

Project title:  Biosurfactant production by bacteria (BIOSUPER)

2014 – iCreate Entrepreneurs Accelerator Programme 

2008 - Principal Investigator: UK Bioscience for Business KTN sponsored FROPTOP project, 2008. Exploring the biocatalytic pathways of the microbial biosurfactant production from biodiesel industry residual glycerine


PARTHIPAN, P., PREETHAM, E., MACHUCA, L.L., RAHMAN, P.K.S.M., MURUGAN, K AND RAJASEKAR, A. (2017). Biosurfactant and degradative enzymes mediated crude oil degradation by bacterium Bacillus subtilis A1.Frontiers in Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00193.

JOY, S., RAHMAN, P. K. S. M., SHARMA, S. (2017)'Biosurfactant production and concomitant hydrocarbon degradation potentials ofbacteria isolated from extreme and hydrocarbon contaminated environments'Chemical Engineering Journal; 317: 232-241.

SANKAR, R., RAHMAN,P.K.S.M., VARUNKUMAR, K., ANUSHA, C., KALAIARASI, A., SHIVASHANGARI, K. S.,RAVIKUMAR, V. (2017) 'Facile synthesis of Curcumalonga tuber powder engineered metal nanoparticles for bioimaging applications' Journal of Molecular Structure; 1129 (5): 8-16.

RANDHAWA, K. S., RELPH, L. E., ARMSTRONG, M. C., RAHMAN, P.K.S.M. (2017) 'Biofuel production: tapping into microalgae despite challenges' Biofuels; Vol. 8.

GUNN, R., RAHMAN, P. K. S. M. (2017)'Processing of Bioethanol from Lignocellulosic Biomass' in Singh, L. K. &Chaudhary, G. (Eds). Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, 1-24.

BISHOP, T., RAHMAN, P. K. S. M. (2017) 'TheProduction of Biomethane from the Anaerobic Digestion of Microalgae' in Singh,L. K. & Chaudhary, G. (Eds). Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels,175–198.

GREENWELL, M., SARKER, M. H., RAHMAN, P.K.S.M. (2016) 'Biosurfactant Production and Biodegradation of Leather Dust from Tannery' Open Biotechnology Journal; 10:1-14.

RAHMAN, P.K.S.M. AND SEKHONRANDHAWA, K.K. (2016) 'Commentary: Oil degradation and biosurfactant production by the deep sea bacterium Dietzia marisAs-13-3' Frontiers in Microbiology; 6:1557.

RAHMAN, P.K.S.M., SEKHON RANDHAWA, K. K. (2015) 'Editorial: Microbiotechnology Based Surfactants and Their Applications' Frontiers in Microbiology; 6:1344. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01344.

GREENWELL, M., RAHMAN, P.K.S.M., (2015) 'Medicinal Plants: Their Use in Anticancer Treatment ‘International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 6(10): 4103-4112.

UZOIGWE, C., BURGESS, J.G., ENNIS, C., RAHMAN, P.K.S.M. 2015.Bioemulsifiers are not biosurfactants and require different screening approaches. Frontiers in Microbiology.  6: 245.

SEKHON, K.K. AND RAHMAN, P.K.S.M. 2014. Rhamnolipidbiosurfactants – Past, Present and future scenario of global market. Frontiers in Microbiology 5:454-460.

RAHMAN P.K.S.M. AND SUVECHHYA B., 2014. Biological reduction of iron to the elemental state from ochre deposits of Skelton Beck in Northeast England. Frontiers in Environmental Science: 2: 22-25.

PADMAN, A.J., HENDERSON, J., HODGSON, S.N.BAND RAHMAN, P.K.S.M. 2014. Biomediated silver nanoparticle synthesis using cell free extract of Exiguobacterium mexicanum PR 10.6.Biotechnology Letters 36:2079 - 2084.

SIVARAJ, R., RAHMAN, P.K.S.M., RAJIV P, SALAM, H.A., VENCKATESH R.2014. Biogenic copper oxide nanoparticles synthesis using Tabernaemontanadivaricate leaf extract and its antibacterial activity against urinary tract pathogen. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy; 133:178-181.

VANATHI, P., RAJIV, P., NARENDHRAN, S., RAJESHWARI, S., RAHMAN, P.K.S.M., VENCKATESH, R. 2014. Biosynthesis and characterization of phytomediated zinc oxide nanoparticles: A green chemistry approach. Materials Letters, 134, pp. 13-15.

Sivaraj, R., Rahman, P.K.S.M., Rajiv P, Vanathi, P., Venckatesh R.2014. Biosynthesis and characterization of Acalypha indica mediated copper oxide nanoparticles and evaluation of its antimicrobial and anticancer activity. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 129: 255-258.

View Pattanathu Rahman's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • BBC Radio Tees, Bob Fischer
    BBC Radio Tees, Bob Fischer, 20/06/2017:
    Dr Rahman is a Course Leader for MSc Food Sci & Biotechnology, Senior Lecturer in Process Engineering and Biotechnology Talks to BBC Radio tees about Career in Microbiology

  • TeeGene heading to India for workshop
    Northern Echo, 07/03/2017
    TeeGene Biotech is taking part in a workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology to explore collaboration opportunities with partners in the country.

  • Savvy scientists powering biotech industry
    The Journal, 08/07/2016; Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 08/07/2016
    TeeGene Biotech started life as a Teesside University spin-out venture and regularly calls on the expertise of graduates.

  • Success for University biotech firm TeesGene's networking trip to New Zealand
    North East Chamber of Commerce, 01/04/2016; Evening Gazette, 02/04/2016; North East Connected, 2/4/2016; Insider Media, 04/04/2016; North East Times County Magazine, 01/03/2016
    A Teesside University spin-out company has developed a number of collaborative working opportunities in New Zealand after being chosen to take part in a British research and development (R&D) delegati

  • Biotech Firm on NZ road trip
    Newcastle Journal, 01/02.2016; Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 29/01/2015; North East Connected, 29/01/2016; Evening Gazette, 02/02/2016; Darlington & Stockton Times, 05/02/2016; Northern Echo, 24/02/2014
    Teesside University's biotech firm TeeGene joins British delegation to New Zealand.

  • International boost for innovative Teesside start-up TeeGene Biotech
    The Journal, 06/12/2015
    A North East university spin out which has developed a way of growing ‘soap’ from bacteria has been involved in an international project, to stimulate the growth of the bio-based economy in Europe.

  • Teesside University spin-out researches medical potential of plants polluted by exhaust fumes
    My informs, 27/10/2015; ChronicleLive, 27/10/2015: The Newcastle Journal, 28/10/2015; The Northern Echo, 28/10/2015; The Evening Gazette, 28/10/2015; Northern Echo Online, 28/10/2015
    TeeGene Biotech launches new project.

  • Anti-ageing 'soap' sees Teesside firm TeeGene shorted in national awards
    The Royal Gazette online, 31.08.2015; The Newcastle Journal, 1.09.2015; Business Quarter, 02.09.2015; World News, 02.09.2015; NOODLS, 02.09.2015
    TeeGene shortlised in Best Business start up category of awards. Teesside University's Dr Rahman is mentioned in article,

  • Tech firm's plant chemical work
    Northern Echo online, 09/06/2015
    TeeGene Biotech is looking at the use of microalgae in industrial waste water treatment, as well as their potential as a chemical ingredient.

  • 'Chemicals from plants' project wins backing
    Evening Gazette, 16/06/2015; World News online, 24/06/2015
    A Teesside University spin-off project to make high-value chemicals from plants has won financial backing.

  • Tech firm looks to change face of cosmetic industry
    Northern Echo online, 20/11/2014
    A technology firm aims to turn back time in pioneering plans to work on anti-ageing treatment.

  • Teesside University biochem spin-out venture moves into Redcar’s Wilton Centre
    Bdaily, 19/11/2014
    TeeGene Biotech, a spin-out venture from Teesside University, has taken up space at the Wilton Centre after taking part in the icreate entrepreneurs programme.

  • Graduate of icreate entrepreneurs programme TeeGene Biotech moves into Wilton Centre
    UKSPA, 20/11/2014
    A company that took part in the Wilton Centre-backed icreate entrepreneurs programme has taken up space at the Centre to further develop its business.

  • NPRONET Kick-off Meeting, 04/07/2014
    Pattanathu Rahman is confirmed as speaker at the NPRONET kick-off meeting.

  • Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum: Consumer Products through Industrial Biotechnology across the Value Chain:
    Teesside's Research Repository, 01/06/2014
    TeeGene Biotech is a spin out venture proposal from Teesside University, which is pioneering the use of biosurfactants in a range of environmental and biomedical applications.

  • Introducing the 'soap' grown from bacteria 10/02/2015; World News, 09/02/2015
    TeeGene Biotech, a Teesside University venture, has developed a way to create biosurfactants, which act like soap and help to emulsify different liquids, from strains of bacteria.