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Research Interests



Carboxylate Platform to recover carbon from wastes with anaerobic fermenters and anaerobic digesters in the form of medium-chain carboxylic acids and methane; and to understand how to shape reactor microbiomes by using 'omics tools.

Syngas Platform to convert recalcitrant organic materials into building blocks for subsequent biological conversion into liquid fuels and chemicals; and to recover carbon from industrial waste gases with syngas fermentation.

Microbial electrochemistry to store electric power with microbial electrochemical technologies (METs) into chemicals; to study microbe-electrode and microbe-microbe interctions with 3-electrode systems in METs and soils (Biogeochemistry); and to apply in biosensors and biocomputers.

Photobioreactors and microfluidics to improve bioprocessing kinetics and efficiencies in several engineered systems; and to use as research tools.

Microbiome analysis to ascertain relationships between the environment, the microbial community, and its function in engineered systems, in soil and subsurface environments, and in indoor environments (Bioaerosols).


Examples of Current Funded Research Projects:

SusChem: urban biorefineries

Caproate project; ARO; Angenent.

Cow cooling project; NYSERDA; Angenent, Gooch, and Gebremedhin.

Village-scale pyrolysis project; Cornell-ACSF-Yossie Hollander; Lehmann, Angenent, Fisher, Gouldin, Lee, Center, and Place [ICRAF, Kenya].


Examples of Past Research Projects


Entrepreneurial activities:



Lars Angenent with an H-type microbial electrochemical technology.