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The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040

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2015 EDI


Kiawah Island, SC

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April 12, 2015

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April 12, 2015

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April 15, 2015

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Rob Gardner

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My research focuses on the interface between microbiology and chemical engineering. Microbes have naturally evolved through adaptation to their respective niche environments, and thus developed unique metabolic processes that can be exploited for industrial applications. Examples include the use of photosynthetic microbes for bioenergy production or anaerobes for bioremediation of toxic chemicals. This is an interdisciplinary area of research. However, microbial processes are controlled at a fundamental level by mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, mass transport, and chemical reaction kinetics, and these topics are at the core of bioproducts and biosystems engineering. Especially since microorganisms (single species or complex communities) have unique and adaptive behavior that can manifest a diverse spectrum of responses, which is in contrast to most abiotic chemical engineering applications. My research strength is on elucidating fundamental microbial metabolic processes and strategically enhancing them for useful applications.

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Gardner, R. (2015, April), The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040 Paper presented at 2015 EDI, Kiawah Island, SC. 10.18260/1-2--25190

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