EBI Personnel Directory Fouke, Bruce


Fossil Fuel Bioprocessing

Bruce Fouke

fouke@uiuc.edu

 

 

Project(s)

Distribution & Diversity of Metabolic Processes in Subsurface Microbial Communities Integrated with Reservoir Environmental Conditions and Geological History: A Universal Template for MEHR

It may be possible to increase the amount of oil that can be extracted from subsurface oil field reservoirs using microbial metabolisms. This project has determined the distribution, frequency, and expression of genes in subsurface microbial communities in order to infer the unique metabolic processes inherent to this environment. Findings will be integrated with reservoir environmental conditions and geological history to establish a universal template for developing Microbially Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery (MEHR) strategies in oil and gas reservoirs, oil shales, tar sands, and coal beds under a range of subsurface temperature and pressure conditions.


Microbially Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery (MEHR)


Geological and Geochemical Assessment of Biosouring Mitigation Strategies at the Cardinal Field Using Core Samples, etc.

Our pilot biosouring experimentation using the silicate GeoBioCell micromodel has been successfully completed using a soil enrichment culture, as well pure culture isolates of the sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris