We investigate how to harness microbial metabolisms in order to produce fossil fuel-free renewable resources and control harmful microbial processes. For these purposes, we look at extracellular electron transfer for energy metabolism in various microorganisms.There is a fundamental aspect to all these applied microbiology goals, namely how microorganisms make use of solid surfaces in nature and man-made systems (minerals, metal structures, electrodes, the surface of other microorganisms) in order to gain energy and/or respire.
We are working on:
- future biotechnologies and biorefineries for recovery of renewable resources (biogas, renewable energy) into valuable chemicals
- impact of conductive minerals in the global biogeochemical cycling of elements
- monitoring and prevention of iron corrosion of useful infrastructure like for example oil and gas pipes, storage containers carrying pollutants or radionuclides
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