Electrobiotechnology

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(c) A. Künzelmann/ UFZ

Team-leader

Dr. Benjamin Korth
Deputy group leader and team-leader Thermodynamics of electroactive microorganisms

PhD Students

Francesco Scarabotti (jointly with WG Catalytic Biofilms ) in STROMER
Johannes Nelles (jointly with Department UBZ ) in STROMER
Shixiang Dai (jointly with WG Aquifer Biogeochemistry )
Daniel Dzofou Ngoumelah (DBFZ)
Katharina Neubert

Technicians

Anne Kuchenbuch (plus Manager of STROMER )
Cornelia Dilßner
Angelika Wichmann
Philip Haus

Undergraduates & Guests

Max Hell (Leipzig University)
Anna Kauschinger (Leipzig University)
Lisamarie Theilig (Leipzig University)
Kaja Schwerin (Leipzig University)
Leon Becklas (Leipzig University)
Angie Wenedy (Leipzig University)


Group picture 12 2020
(c) A. Kuchenbuch

Part of a vibrant international community


Group History 

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Research Topics

The group is active in the following areas:

  • Development of new bioelectrotechnological processes
  • Bioelectrochemical steering of microbial cultures
  • Study of the microbial ecology of electroactive microbial cultures
  • Development of new methods and protocols in the field
  • Fancy ad hoc projects (related to microbiology and/ or electrochemistry)
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Publications

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Pictures

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Teaching (in German)

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Current third-party-funded projects

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
    Priority Programme SPP2240: eBiotech
    ESCAPE: Establishing a scalable bioprocess reactor platform for cathodic obligate anaerobic electrobiosynthesis
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Partner und Coordinator for tandem project: Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research (Prof. Dr. M. A. Rosenbaum)
    Funding period: 07/2021 - 06/2024

  • European Union (EU)
    VIVALDI: innoVative bIo-based chains for CO2 VALorisation as aDded-value organIc acids
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Coordinator: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona - UAB (Spanien)
    Partner: VERTECH (France), VITO (Belgium), CO2 Value Europe AISBL (Belgium), ISLE (The Netherlands), Universität für Bodenkultur Wien - BOKU (Austria), Lula Tekniska Universitet - LTU (Sweden), Avantium Chemicals BV (The Netherlands), LEITAT (Spaain), SunPine AB (Sweden), Bioagra S.A. (Poland)
    Estrella de Levante S.A.U. (Spain), Processium (France), Nutrition Sciences (Belgium)
    Funding period: 06/2021 - 05/2025

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - CO2WIN
    GAMES - Gas diffusion electrodes for coupled microbial-electrochemical syntheses from CO2
    PI für TP 5: Halophilic microbial electrosynthesis: F. Harnisch
    Coordinator: Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen - THM (Prof. Dr. D. Holtmann)
    Partner: DECHEMA-Forschungsinstitut - DFI, Gesellschaft für Gassysteme durch Katalyse und Elektrochemie mbH - Gaskatel, ifn Forschungs- u. Technologiezentrum GmbH
    Funding period: 04/2021 - 03/2025

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - VIP+
    MolkeKraft: Microbial-electrochemical exploitation of sour whey for the production of drop-in aviation fuel
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Partner: Tübingen University (Prof. Dr. L.T. Angenent)
    Funding period: 05/2019 - 04/2022
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  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - ERANETMED
    WAFRA - Wireless Aquaponic Farming in Remote Areas: A smart adaptive socio-economic solution
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Partner: Ain Shams University (Egypt, Coordination), National Center for Radiation Research and Technology (Egypt), The University of Tunis El Manar (Tunesia), University of Girona (Spain), University of Salerno (Italy)
    Funding period: 11/2018 - 02/2021

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    BioFAVOR II – Entwicklung und Evaluierung einer mobilen Demonstrationsanlage für die dezentrale Verwertung menschlicher Fäkalien
    PIs: T. Hübner & F. Harnisch (Host)
    Funding period: 04/2018 - 09/2020

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    ElektroPapier - Entwicklung papierbasierter Elektroden für die mikrobielle elektrochemische Abwasserreinigung
    Work package 5: Microbial analyis
    PIs: F. Harnisch & S. Müller
    Partners: EnviroChemie (Coordinator), FuMATech GmbH, Koehler Greiz GmbH & Co KG, Graphit Kropfmühl GmbH, Papiertechnische Stiftung, TU Braunschweig (IÖNC und ISWW),
    Funding period: 05/2016 - 12/2019

  • The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    Award Biotechnology 2020+
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Funding period: 11/2012 - 12/2018

  • The Helmholtz-Association and the UFZ
    Helmholtz Young Investigators Group
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Funding period: 11/2012 - 12/2018


  • German Environmental Foundation (DBU)
    Microbial Bioelectrotechnology: A plattform-initiative for Germany
    PIs: F. Harnisch, M. A.-Rosenbaum (RWTH Aachen), U. Schröder (TU Braunschweig)
    Funding period: 10/2013 - 12/2018

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    BioFAVOR: Entwicklung einer mobilen Anlage zur Erzeugung von Biokohle aus Fäkalschlamm
    PIs: T. Hübner & F. Harnisch (Host)
    Funding period: 09/2016 - 05/2017

  • The Helmholtz-Association and the UFZ - Helmholtz-PostDoc-Fellowship

    Development of a platform for the visualization and analysis of electroactive microbial biofilms
    Fellow: G. Schkolnik
    Hosts: F. Harnisch and N. Musat
    Funding period: 10/2014 - 06/2016

  • Electrochemical Society (ECS)
    A Fully Cardboard Based Microbial Fuel Cell
    PI: F. Harnisch
    Partners: DBFZ, TU Braunschweig
    Funding period: 07/2015 - 01/2016