Improving electron transfer in anaerobic microbial communities producing valuable products. We are developing methods for improving the transfer of electrons to medium-chain fatty acids by improving hydrogen transfer and promoting direct interspecies electron transfer.
Microbial conversion of food waste to valuable products. The State of Vermont recently implemented a ban on landfilling food waste. We are exploring the role of food waste in a circular bioeconomy to produce fuels and chemicals for agricultural and industrial processes.
Anaerobic digestion of agricultural residues. We are exploring ways to maximize methane production from agricultural wastes while optimizing the production of residual products, including fertilizers and bedding.