Welcome to the BMBF-funded junior research group Biophotovoltaics.
The research group is funded via the BMBF junior research group funding through the thematic call "Creative young researchers for the bioeconomy". The research group focuses on the biohybrid technique called Biophotovoltaics (BPV) for sustainable energy production from sunlight and water, using interdisciplinary research approach integrating synthetic biology, systems biology, bio- and electrochemical-process engineering and modelling. We are interested in the fundamental, quantitative and holistic understandings of extracellular electron transfer pathway on molecular levels and its corresponding biochemistry and microbial physiology, and subsequently the rational design and development of novel process concepts for optimized desired purpose.
We are always welcome talent, self-motivated and passionate young scientist to join our group. Master and bachelor thesis projects are always available. If you are interested in our work, please contact email@example.com.
Project: membrane redox protein for extracellular electron transfer of Synechocystis in Biophotovoltaics (BMBF, from 03.2023)
Thesis: Engineering the membrane transportation system of Synechocystis sp 6803 in Biophotovoltaics (BMBF, from 11.2023)
Thesis: Process modelling and computational-guided system development of Biophotovoltaics (BMBF, from 10.2023)
Thesis: process engineering and system development of Biophotovoltaics (BMBF, from 09.2023)
Thesis: electro-microbiology of Synechocystis in Biophotovoltaics (BMBF, from 03.2023)
Thesis: Electron balance analysis of Synechocystis in Biophotovoltaics (CSC, from 09.2021)
Thesis: Tunable electro-fermentation using metabolically engineered Pseudomonas putida (DFG SPP2240, from 06.2021)
Hans Schneider (jointly with SBT group)
Thesis: Extracellular electron transfer pathway and microbial phenotype of Synechocystis in Biophotovoltaics (UFZ central budget, from 12.2020)
Maria Veit (Project: comparative analysis of the CRISPRi efficiency targeting on multiple proteins)
2023.02 - 2023.04: Liuyan Gu (PhD student at DTU, Denmark)
2023.07, Chinesisch-Deutsches Zentrum für Wissenschaftsförderung, grant Nr. GZ 1725, 2245€.
BioPV4H2: Biophotovoltaics for bio-hydrogen production from water, carbon dioxide and sunlight
Funding agency: Federal Ministry of Education and Research;
Period: 08.2022 - 07.2027
Budget: 2.910.350,31- €
Principal Investigator: Bin Lai