Dr. Thore Rohwerder
My primary interests are the microbial transformation processes of industrial organic chemicals and heavy metal-bearing compounds. Besides elucidating the underlying biochemistry and reaction mechanisms, I focus on biotechnological applications to address the challenges related to global depletion of fossil resources and minerals.
My mid- and long-term research perspectives focus on the sustainable synthesis of chemical products employing biotechnological processes as well as on the fate of industrial chemicals in the environment.
Biosynthesis of building block chemical 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA)
- Characterization of cobalamin-dependent acyl-CoA mutases
- Biotechnological production of 2-HIBA from C1 compounds
- Metabolic engineering
Biodegradation of fuel oxygenates and tertiary alcohols
- Growth of Aquincola tertiaricarbonis on MTBE, ETBE, TAME and TAEE
- Biochemistry and biotechnological use
Sulfur oxidation in acidophilic prokaryotes
- Oxidation of inorganic sulfur compounds in the autotrophic genus Acidithiobacillus
- Oxidation of inorganic sulfur compounds in acidophilic heterotrophs
Leaching of metal sulfides in acidophilic prokaryotes
- Visualization of attachment and biofilm formation
- Gene expression