Microbial Electrosynthesis I: Pure and Defined Mixed Culture Engineering

  • Miriam A. RosenbaumEmail author
  • Carola Berger
  • Simone Schmitz
  • Ronny Uhlig
Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology book series (ABE, volume 167)


In the past 6 years, microbial bioelectrochemistry has strongly increased in attraction and audience when expanding from mainly environmental technology applications to biotechnology. In particular, the promise to combine electrosynthesis with microbial catalysis opens attractive approaches for new sustainable redox-cofactor recycling, redox-balancing, or even biosynthesis processes. Much of this promise is still not fulfilled, but it has opened and fueled entirely new research areas in this discipline. Activities in designing, tailoring, and applying specific microbial catalysts as pure or defined co-cultures for defined target bioproductions are greatly accelerating. This chapter gives an overview of the current progress as well as the emerging trends in molecular and ecological engineering of defined microbial biocatalysts to prepare them for evolving microbial electrosynthesis processes. In addition, the multitude of microbial electrosynthetic processes with complex undefined mixed cultures is covered by ter Heijne et al. (Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol., 2017).

Graphical Abstract


Anodic and cathodic bioproductions Defined mixed cultures Metabolic engineering Microbial electrosynthesis Pure cultures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam A. Rosenbaum
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carola Berger
    • 1
  • Simone Schmitz
    • 1
  • Ronny Uhlig
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied Microbiology – iAMB, Aachen Biology and Biotechnology – ABBt, RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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