Projects

EnOp

7-CO2 technologies, 7-CO2 prototypes

EnOp is an Interreg Flanders/The Netherlands funded project in which we collaborate to find innovative solutions for CO2 Capture and Utilization (CCU). Below you can find a short project description.

Microorganism / Electrode Interface

Electrochemically active bacteria enable a variety of novel processes in bioproduction, bioenergy and bioremediation. Key to the success of these processes is effective interaction of the bacterial cells to an electrode surface and subsequent equally effective electron exchange with the electrode. While the cellular mechanisms for electron transfer are increasingly understood, what drives bacterial adsorption and desorption to positively or negatively polarized electrodes is largely unknown.

Microbial electrosynthesis

Microbial electrosynthesis (MES) is an emerging technology that uses microorganisms as catalysts for electricity-driven synthesis of fine chemicals and fuels from the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and/or organic substrates. It uses/exploits the capabilities of microorganisms to grow on the surface of electrode or in the suspension by consuming the electrons released from the electrode as their energy source.

(Bio)electrochemistry for inorganics recovery/conversion

Inorganic material as a component of wastewaters and off-gases can consist a major concern and a valuable product. Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs)-based technologies are currently gaining a great attraction due to their ability to generate electricity directly while accomplishing wastewater treatment. Towards this concept, LabMET is confronting increasing concerns that arise regarding: 1) organic waste streams, 2) acid mine drainage (AMD), and 3) sulfur containing wastewaters and (bio)gases.

Electro-fermentation cluster

Fermentation processes are the original bio-technology, used for thousands of years to generate ethanol and biogas. The emerging bio-economy relies heavily on microbiology’s workhorses to drive so-called biorefineries as an alternative to fossil fuel resources. The ‘Carboxylate platform’ concept has been introduced during last decade to generate valuable chemicals, specifically carboxylic acids, in single stage bioconversion processes by using undefined mixed cultures.