CV / Scientific Career
Current Research Interests
As the effects of seemingly unlimited, petrol based growth become more and more apparent, transition towards a cyclic, more sustainable economic system seems inevitable. The emerging bioeconomy is promising to contribute to that transition by substituting existing energy and chemical production processes with renewable resource based alternatives. To maintain sustainability and economic feasibility, the proposed alternatives will need to utilize the diverse catalytic capabilities of microbial communities to handle a wide range of complex Biomass streams like municipal and agricultural biowaste.
The online monitoring and control of the microbial community, integral to future bioprocesses, will therefore likely be a key technology in the described transition of the economic system.
By applying high throughput flow cytometric single cell analysis to the biogas technology and its most promising feature for future energy concepts, its flexible provision, we aim to develop commonly applicable "community sensors" for use in low latency process control loops.