University of the West of England

Principal investigator

ioannisDr. Ioannis Ieropoulos is a Research Fellow at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. He has produced EcoBots I and II for his PhD (2002-2005) and was the lead Researcher for the EU FP-6 Integrated project Integrating Cognition, Emotion and Autonomy (ICEA), contract number 027819, FP6: IST, which completed successfully as highlighted by the European Commission, and resulted in the development of EcoBot-III. For the last 11 years he has been working on autonomous robotics and further improving the MFC technology both as a power generator but also as a waste and wastewater treatment technology. He is the PI on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project Urine- tricity (grant no. OPP1044458), which is looking to develop the MFC technology for 3rd World Countries and he also leads UWE in a Leverhulme Trust grant, joint with the University of Bristol that is looking into biodegradable robots powered by biodegrad- able MFCs (RPG-362). In addition, he was also the named researcher on 2 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK) grants (GR/S80448/01 2004- 05) and (EP/D027403/1 2005-07), which both completed successfully and received a high-score assessment. He has published over 35 peer reviewed journal papers and has been invited to present at numerous conferences and workshops.


Bristol Robotics Laboratory
Faculty of Environment and Technology
University of the West of England, Bristol
BS16 1QY



Dr Benjamin Taylor is a post-doctoral researcher in the Bristol BioEnergy Centre (BBiC), located in Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His main research interests focus on the development and characterisation of microbial biofilms and biofilm models to understand the processes and changes that can occur in biofilms when challenged by a change in selective pressure. As part of the Evobliss consortium, he will identify potential targets within the biofilm of microbial fuel cells  that can be exploited to improved power production.

Pavlina Theodosiou is a PhD student in Bristol Bioenergy Centre (BBiC), located in Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England. Pavlina has a BSc in Biological Sciences. Her PhD’s broad focus is the “Adaptability and Stability in Microbial Fuel Cells” and at the moment she is investigating new ways to maximize MFCs output through the optimisation of critical MFC components using printable materials that can be extruded from the Evobot platform. Also as a part of the project she is using Evobot platform for maintaining autonomously the MFCs. Pavlina is actively involved with lot of outreach activities regarding MFCs and Evobliss project.

Andrew Stinchcombe

Technological Evolution of Synergy Between Physicochemical and Living Systems