Welcome to Electrotalk

Microbial electrocatalysis refers to the use of whole microorganisms as catalysts for electrode reactions. This means that we can use electricity as driver for microbial conversions in bioproduction, bioremediation, bioenergy and many more. The field of microbial electrocatalysis is rapidly growing, and despite the exciting prospects there is still a fundamental lack of understanding on how microorganisms actually interact with electrodes. The ERC funded project “Electrotalk” will focus on this intriguing interface. It builds on an interdisciplinary team of scientists and is embedded within the diverse microbial electrocatalysis work done at Ghent University. I hope you enjoy browsing the website and learning about the exciting opportunities and ditto challenges towards bringing sustainable technology to reality.

Korneel Rabaey

News and announcements

  • May 2017: Congratulations to Xu Zhang et al. who made the backcover of ChemElectroChem! Many thanks to Alessia Landi for making the illustration!
  • April 2017: Prof. Korneel Rabaey will spend his sabbatical until September 2017 in the lab of Prof. David Sedlak at the University of California in Berkeley, USA.
  • March 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Way Cern Khor who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Production of lactic acid and derivatives from grass using mixed populations.”
  • February 2017: Rui Gao joined the group to pursue het PhD. in the framework of the Get-A-Met project. Welcome!
  • February 2017: Dr. Naroa Uria from the BioMEMS group of Professor Francesc Xavier Muñoz from Microelectronics Institute of Barcelona (IMB-CNM, CSIC) has finished her 1 year visit in our group to work on a bioelectrochemical based sensor.
  • February 2017: Julia Heise from the group of Prof. Rainer Meckenstock at Unverstität Duisburg Essen has visited our lab for a week to foster knowledge exchange. Thanks for visiting!
  • January 2017: The traditional January group weekend was a great success with 30-40 cm snow, good food, brewery visit and plenty of new ideas and energy for the coming year
  • December 2016: Dr. Alberto Scoma has left the group to start at Aarhus University (Denmark) to continue his work on deep-sea microbial ecology. Thank you for the good collaboration and good luck!
  • December 2016: Prof. Rabaey was recognized as a laureate by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB)
  • November 2016: Dr. Hugo Roume has found a new position at the INRA in France. Good luck and thank you for the collaboration!
  • October 2016: Congratulations to Teresa van Dongen who won the ‘Keep An Eye Design Talent Grant 2016’ with her art project entitled ‘Spark of Life’ which is a MFC powered lamp developed in collaboration with Kristof Verbeeck, Jan Arends, Korneel Rabaey and Deepak Pant (VITO).
  • October 2016: Shengle Huang has joined the group as a starting PhD student. He will work on fermentation and chain elongation. Welcome!
  • October 2016: Dr. Eleni Vaiopoulou has found a new position in industry. Good luck and thank you for the collaboration!
  • October 2016: Matthias Claus has left the group to pursue a career in industry. Good luck and thank you for the collaboration! 
  • October 2016: Congratulations to Dr. Stephen J. Andersen who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Electrochemical extraction, recovery and valorization of carboxylic acids from biorefineries.”
  • October 2016: Congratulations to Dr. Ir. Sylvia Gildemyn who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ”Technology and tools for bioelectrochemical production of short- and medium-chain carboxylic acids from CO2” She has left the lab to work in industry. Good luck and thank you for the collaboration!
  • October 2016: Dr. Ed Milner from the group of Prof. Ian Head at Newcastle University has visited our lab for a week to foster knowledge exchange. Thank you for the good visit!
  • October 2016: A workshop on “Electricity Driven Bioproduction” will take place in Ghent on October 21st.
  • June 2016: Prof. Victoria Flexer from CIT JUJUY-CONICET, Argentina has joined the group for a 1 month research stay to work on lithium recovery from brines. Welcome!
  • June 2016: Prof. Rabaey’s TEDxBrussels talk of March 14th is online now!

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