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Microbial catalysis

In microbial catalysis, whole microorganisms (usually yeast or bacteria) are used to convert biomass into the desired product. Through genetic modification of the cell, metabolic engineering, evolutionary adaption, and/or optimization of the conditions for the process (such as temperature, nutrition, oxygenation, etc.), it is possible to control a microorganism to produce the precise product required from the available resources in an efficient manner. It is an iterative process, similar to working on creating an effective enzymatic system, in order to find the perfect microorganism and the perfect process conditions. The final product can be made in oxygenated (aerobic) or oxygen-free (anaerobic) processes. Using an oxygen-free process is also commonly referred to as fermentation. 

Below you can find details on the researchers in this field at Lund University:

Marie Gorwa-Grauslund

Porträtt Marie Gorwa-Grauslund

Department of Chemistry, Division of Applied Microbiology

Marie Gorwa-Grauslund has a background in microbial and metabolic engineering. Marie develops genetically-modified microorganisms in order to convert lignocellulose into biofuels (such as ethanol) and those platform chemicals that are used to create bioplastics.  

 

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E-mail: marie-francoise [dot] gorwa [at] tmb [dot] lth [dot] se

Ed van Niel

Porträtt Ed van Niel

Department of Chemistry, Division of Applied Microbiology

Ed van Niel is a researcher in chemical engineering and quantitative microbial physiology. He is working on the development of two-step combined fermentation processes for the production of hydrogen and methane from lignocellulose. 

 

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E-mail: ed [dot] van_niel [at] tmb [dot] lth [dot] se

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