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. The proposed alternatives can utilize the diverse catalytic capabilities of microbiomes to maintain sustainability and economic feasibility and handle a wide range of complex Biomass streams like municipal and agricultural bio-waste.
The online monitoring and control of microbiomes, will therefore likely be one key technology in the transition towards cyclic bio-economies.
By applying flow cytometric single cell analysis to microbial fatty acid and biogas production we aim to develop a commonly applicable "community sensor" to establish low latency process control loops. The combination of these technologies could facilitate sustainable chemical production and flexible electric energy provision from a future bio-refinery.