Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Biology and Environmental Science

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Dr Alexander Gissibl
Position
Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Ian O'Hara
Position
Principal Research Scientist
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Robert Speight
Position
Professor (Microbial Biotechnology)
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

Overview

Microbial electrolysis has been shown to produce hydrogen in substantial amounts, which in turn can be utilised as a carbon-neutral source of energy. However, it is cost-prohibiting to use reagent-grade chemicals as a carbon source for this process. Therefore, low-cost sustainable alternatives are needed.

Research activities

This project investigates agricultural waste streams as potential feed stocks for exoelectrogenic bacteria. This has the potential to improve the economics of microbial electrolysis.

Outcomes

The aim of this project is to improve the economics of microbial electrolysis. The results will be published as a high-impact paper.

Skills and experience

Any experience with microorganisms would be an advantage.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

Keywords

Contact

Contact supervisor Dr Alexander Gissibl for more information.