EBI Personnel Directory Lopez, Madeline Munoz

Biofuels Production

Madeline Munoz Lopez

lopez39@illinois.edu

 

 

Project(s)

Metabolic Engineering of Methanogenic Archaea

Metcalf’s group proposes to tap methane, a clean burning, renewable and underexploited energy source, by developing strains of methanogenic archaea with the ability to produce methane from the residual biomass present in the waste streams of biofuel production processes. Growing these engineered strains will capture energy that is lost in existing biofuel production strategies. In addition to their immediate impact on biofuel production, these studies will lend new insight into interspecies cooperation in methanogenesis, which may prove useful in efforts to optimize biological methane production in a variety of settings.