Microbial Electrosynthesis for Carbon-neutral Energy and Chemicals

Microbial Electrosynthesis for Carbon-neutral Energy and Chemicals

September 5, 2018


727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281


Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

September 10, 2018, 10:45 am (Length: 1 hour 15 minutes)

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Alfred Spormann, PhD, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Microbial electrosynthesis is an emerging technology platform to produce carbonneutral fuels and chemicals from electricity and CO2. This platform represents a conceptually new approach to bioenergy and is fundamentally different from traditional employment of biological CO2 fixation. Because of the advantages over traditional bioenergy systems, microbial electromethanogenesis has the potential to be a game-changer for long term storage of electrical energy as methane. Our research has been focused on identifying the microbial mechanisms of uptake of cathodic electrodes by cathode-oxidizing microorganisms and exploring the use of these mechanisms to engineer bioreactor systems.

Host: School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy