Sustainability and Biotechnology

We explore how microorganisms sustainably transform naturally available resources to valuable chemicals for future decarbonized industries. We develop strategies to harness microbial processes and therefore alleviate negative anthropogenic influence on the environment. The approaches we employ involve nature-based strategies (marine geoengineering) and biotechnology-based strategies for industrial synthesis and production (e.g., biogas upgrading; electrosynthesis; archaeal lipid harvesting for drug delivery systems).

We are working on multiple UN sustainable development goals including SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 6 (clean water), SDG 7 (clean energy), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land).

KEY RESEARCH AREAS

  • Marine geoengineering

  • Natured based solutions to climate change (NbS)

  • Electromicrobiology

  • Bioremediation

  • Biodeterioration (biocorrosion)
  • Sustainable bioproduction of chemicals

  • Biogas upgrading

  • Developing an oral drug delivery system using microbial lipids from sustainable resources

PERSONNEL​ (A-Z)

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