Biofuels/Bioproducts Scientist

Research interests

  • 2nd Generation biofuels and bioproducts
  • Lignocellulose biorefining
  • Specialised cellulase and Industrial fermentation systems
  • Waste valorisation


Dr Shane McIntosh is a Professional Officer with NSW DPI, located at Wollongbar Agricultural Institute since 2007. His current research program focuses on providing scientific information for the emerging 2nd generation Biofuels/Biocommodities industry in Australia. The objective of this project is to identify potential Australian lignocellulosic feedstocks and provide an assessment of availability, sustainability and economic viability as well as to generate a range of tools to evaluate bioprocessing strategies for the conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to biofuels, bioenergy and other valuable products.

As a part of a collaborative effort Dr McIntosh is developing key platform technologies focused on pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials for the production of low cost sugar streams. To provide a complete bioprocessing evaluation platform he is also focusing on the fermentation potential of lignocellulosic derived sugar streams and developing high productivity recombinant microbes for industrial applications.


  • B.Sc. (Hons), University of Queensland
  • PhD, Southern Cross University

Current projects

  • Renewable fuels: Bioethanol production systems
  • Methods of assessment of lignocellulosic bioprocessing strategies
  • Enzyme kinetics- Cellulase systems
  • Fermentation of lignocellulosic sugars with contemporary and novel microbes
  • Biorefining lignocellulosic feedstocks for multiple value added products.

Recent publications

Zhang Z., Vancov T., McIntosh S.,  Basu B., Lali, A., Qian G.,  Hobson P. and Doherty W. (2016). Assessing dilute acid pretreatment of different lignocellulosic biomasses for enhanced sugar production. Cellulose. (In Press).

McIntosh S., Zhang Z., Palmer J., WongH., DohertyW.and Vancov T. (2016).Pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol production using eucalyptus biomass pretreated by dilute acid and steam explosion. Biofuel, Bioprod. Bioref. Accepted March10. DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1651

Rijil, D., Vancov T., McIntosh S., Ashwatha N.  and Stanley G. (2016). Process options for conversion of Agave tequilana leaves into bioethanol. Industrial Crops and Products. 84: 263-272

Vancov T., Schneider R.C.S., Palmer J., McIntosh S and Stuetz R. (2015). Potential use of feedlot cattle manure for bioethanol production. Bioresource Technology. 183: 120-128.

McIntosh S. and Vancov T. (2014). Ethanol production from cotton gin trash using optimised dilute acid pretreatment and whole slurry fermentation processes. Bioresource Technology. 173: 42-51.

Vancov T., Alston A. and McIntosh S. (2012). Use of Ionic Liquids in Converting Lignocellulosic Material to Biofuels. Renewable Energy.45: 1-6.

McIntosh S., Vancov, T., Palmer J. and Spain M.(2012). Ethanol production from Eucalyptus plantation thinnings. Bioresource Technology. 110: 264-272.

Vancov T. and McIntosh S. (2012). Mild acid pretreatment and enzyme saccharification of Sorghum bicolor straw. Applied Energy. 92: 421-428.

McIntosh S. and Vancov T.(2011). Optimisation of dilute alkaline pretreatment for enzymatic saccharification of wheat straw. Biomass and Bioenergy. 35 (7): 3094-3103.

McIntosh S. and Vancov T. (2011). Effects of dilute acid pretreatment on enzyme saccharification of wheat stubble. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology. 86 (6): 818-825.

Vancov T. and McIntosh S. (2011). Alkali Pretreatment of Cereal Crop Residues for Second-Generation Biofuels. Energy & Fuels. 25: 2754-2763.

McIntosh S. and Vancov T. (2010). Enhanced enzyme saccharification of Sorghum bicolor straw using dilute alkali pretreatment. Bioresource Technology 101(17): 6718-6727.

Professional associations and activities

  • Member Bioenergy Australia

Fields of research

  • 100301 Biocatalysis and Enzyme Technology
  • 100302 Bioprocessing, Bioproduction and Bioproducts
  • 100303 Fermentation
  • 060405 Gene Expression (incl. Microarray and other genome-wide approaches)

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Renewable fuels
  • Biochemicals
  • Biorefining
  • Climate Change

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