Environmental Microbiology - Biohydrogen production

Thursday, August 16, 2012: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Meeting Room 9-10, Columbia Hall, Terrace Level (Washington Hilton)
Melanie R. Mormile
Due to depletion of fossil fuels and the effects from burning these fuels, it is crucial that new forms of energy, especially renewal sources, be developed. Hydrogen is attractive as an alternative form of energy as it can be formed from biomass and when used, produces water as an innocuous waste product. Our session will cover the latest research on biohydrogen production. The topics covered will include dark fermentation reactions, hydrogen production from cyanobacteria, the use of thermophiles for hydrogen production to genetic modifications to microorganisms to enhance hydrogen production.

8:30 AM
Production of hydrogen by transgenic strains of the cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis expressing hydrogenase genes
Fatthy M. Morsy and Teresa Thiel, Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
A streamlined strategy for biohydrogen production with Halanaerobium hydrogeniformans, an alkaliphilic bacterium
Dwayne A. Elias, Biosciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, Matthew B. Begemann, Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, Melanie R. Mormile, Department of Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, Oliver C. Sitton, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO and Judy D. Wall, Department of Biochemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
10:30 AM
Progress towards designing photobiological fuel cells: thin biocomposite paper coatings of live cells and latex particles deposited by continuous convective assembly
Jessica Jenkins, Michael C. Flickinger and Orlin D. Velev, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering & BTEC, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
11:00 AM
Challenges of biohydrogen production at industrial scale
Rajesh K. Sani1, Sudhir Kumar2, Aditya Bhalla1 and Anne Winckel1, (1)Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD, (2)Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan, India
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