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Microbial Electrosynthesis for Bioproduction of Chemicals

Industrial microbiology offers the potential of replacing current petroleum based chemical feedstocks with chemicals made from renewable resources using fermentation. However, the maximum yields of fermentation products can be limited by the available redox power in the microbial cell. This problem can be overcome by microbial electrosynthesis. In this new scientific field, redox power is provided to the cells in the form of electricity, while cheap and highly oxicised substrates are converted to product. Microbial electrosynthesis is a very promising new approach, but fundamental understanding of the electron transfer to the microbial cells and the optimization thereof is necessary. We propose to address this issue for the industrial microbe Pseudomonas putida during the production of shikimate derived aromatic compounds (e.g. para-hydroxybenzoic acid, cis-cis muconic acid) from waste acetate. We will explore the underlaying mechanisms using systems biology, optimize the microbe via metabolic engineering and develop a scalable bioprocess based on reaction engineering analyses and design of electrochemical bioreactor system configurations.


Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen


EuroTech postdoc workshop: Success in academia?

20-22 September 2017, Technical University of Denmark, Lynby Campus


Project team ROLITOS in a German documentary

10 May 2017, 11.30 pm Suedwestrundfunk (TV)

30 May 2017, 10.30 pm Bayerischer Rundfunk (TV)


Apply now: McKinsey 'Forschergeist' symposium

9-11 June 2017, Berlin

For doctoral researchers and postdocs!


Register now: ICMSB 2017

26-28 July 2017, TUM Study and Science Center, Raitenhaslach


Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen


10th IGSSE Forum

Smart cooperation - science and technology in, with and for society


The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner



Having heard of a great Canadian Kick-Off Meeting, everyone at IGSSE was thrilled to welcome the...


Breakfast at IGSSE´s

Meet the IGSSE team every other month! All the things IGSSE members wanted to asked but never dared...


Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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Monday, 03. April 2017
1st ExaHyPE Colloquium
3 April 2017, 1pm-5pm, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching Campus