'Electric' bacteria to produce acetate from carbon dioxide
Microbial electrosynthesis can provide desirable chemicals from carbon dioxide and electricity via biological electron transfer. This feature could help address carbon capture and storage issues for the renewable energy sector, contributing to a carbon neutral economy in the future. The EU-funded project BioCat will investigate the fundamental mechanisms of microbial electrosynthesis at the membrane protein level. Research will utilise different bacterial sources to study the basic electron transfer mechanisms for electrosynthesis. The final stage will include construction and optimisation of an operational continuous-run prototype reactor for carbon dioxide conversion into acetate.