Microbial Fermentations and Reductions for Bioenergy

PictureMicroorganisms are known to perform many complex reactions that are difficult to catalyze through chemical processes.  Many of these reactions can lead to biofuels that are of great importance to society.  The Torres Lab looks to optimize known processes that involve microorganisms, focusing on fermentations and reductions.  These processes are common for ethanol production using yeasts to biogas production from wastewater sludge.  In all these processes, the balance between thermodynamics, kinetic rates, and microbial growth play an important role in the process feasibility.  We focus on designing novel processes using known microbial pathways, while searching for new pathways that can lead to new ways to produce biofuels.