Production of beneficial chemicals from renewable feedstocks using anaerobic microbiomes

Seminar Details
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Matthew Scarborough
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison


2029 GG Brown (North Campus)

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The carboxylate platform has emerged as a promising strategy to produce carboxylic acids from complex organic wastes. Limitations persist in the ability to direct product ion from short-chain (C1-C5) products to medium-chain (C6-C12) products, which have higher value, are more energy dense, and are easier to recover. In this talk, I will discuss implementing the carboxylate platform on a waste stream from lignocellulosic biorefining to recover additional valuable chemicals from biorefinery "leftovers." I will present an evaluation of process stability and economics and share insights in to medium-chain carboxylate production from metagenomic, metatransciptomic, and thermodynamic analyses. I will also share strategies for continuing to improve our understanding of carboxylate platform systems and increase production of medium-chain products.