About Ernesto Hernandez

Life scientist and chemical engineer working at The University of Manchester. He started out his career as a distinguished technician working in the field of electromechanics. In his spare time, he indulged his passion for studying biology. This long-standing endeavour led him to win the first place in The National Olympiad of Biology in 1993. Coming from a poor family in deprived rural Mexico, studying Chemical Engineering proved to be an ideal way to make a living and find ways to use living systems in the search to solve a number of problems currently confronting society. It was during his undergraduate studies that he won two national contests for summer internships at Ohio State University and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Ernesto has been using microbes and their products in a variety of ways. They can, for instance, be used to convert a variety of wastes into natural gas (methane), to decontaminate water, soil and sludge, or to ease the flow of oil in deep underground oil reservoirs at tremendously high temperatures and pressures. Given his understanding of life systems and how they can be used for the good of the humankind, Ernesto has been invited to speak in plenary talks at international conferences, civil gatherings, state ceremonies, activist groups and other public events.

Selection of Films on Bioenergy

This selection resulted from an extensive research in twenty electronic and non-electronic databases. The best films were selected in consultation with bioenergy specialists who based their judgment on the film’s length, academic quality and appropriateness for the general public. This work was done thanks to the support of the BBSRC through the call: Micro grants to fund bioenergy public engagement tools.[follow_me]


Bacteria Party

The Dragon’s Den, where young people sat on a panel where a number of scientists pitched their fun idea to the young people for an event they want to do. The young people (Dragons) chose and funded an idea, and spent the afternoon action-planning the event alongside the scientists.

“Bacteria party” was the winning idea, which was presented by the ‘B team’ from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Manchester. It includes cake and goodie bags alongside games, interactive exhibits and poster displays to celebrate the good and bad sides of bugs, germs and bacteria and how they affect our lives. The event inspired the local community to learn about science. Young people and scientists run the event together as part of the Manchester Science Festival’s community awards. This event was included in the Science week program organised by MOSI. [follow_me]

Climate change testimonies from refugees: connecting scientific and social debates:


Wednesday 27 October 19:00 – 22:00, International Anthony Burgess Foundation. [follow_me]

New Publication

Ernesto Hernandez, Robert Bachman and R.G. Edyvean have recently published in Anaerobe a study dealing with the measurement of biomass concentration using a low-cost and time-saving chemical based method. More…