- Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University 2009
- M.S.E. Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University 2005
- B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 2002
The Torres Lab, part of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, focuses on microbiological technologies that provide energy or high value chemicals to society. Our goal is to make use of microorganisms and their complex enzymatic machinery to carry out reactions that are difficult or impossible through any other known chemical route. Our main research topics are microbial electrochemistry, fermentations, and photosynthetic production of biofuels.
Cesar I. Torres is an associate professor of chemical engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University. He is also graduate faculty in environmental engineering, biological design and sustainability. Torres is a leader in microbial electrochemical cell research, focusing on microbial kinetics of anode-respiring bacteria (ARB) and extracellular electron transport to and from solid electrodes. He has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals on this topic. He combines biofilm modeling, electrochemical, microscopic, and analytical techniques, to characterize ARB kinetics and thermodynamics.