EBI Personnel Directory Engelbrektson, Anna
Coates’s group will provide a basic understanding of the microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biogeochemistry involved in Microbially Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery (MEHR). The Coates lab is determining the mechanisms by which rock minerals are “biotransformed” to alter porosity and thus improve oil recovery. Coates also expects to develop model organisms or microbial assemblies from members of relevant petroleum reservoir microbial populations. Their work may result in novel strategies to control biosouring, enhance hydrocarbon recovery, and reduce the environmental footprint of oil reservoir processes.