Current projects

  • 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.