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Power Lunch Lecture Series: Can Microbial Biocatalysts Help High-Efficiency Conversion of Carbon Substrates to Diverse Hydrocarbon Fuel?

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Education Center

15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

Phone: 303.384.6565

By Michael Guarnieri, National Biosciences Center, NREL

Microbial conversion of gaseous waste streams to bio-based fuels, chemicals, and materials offers a path to concurrently mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and valorize these abundant-yet-underutilized carbon sources. Recent efforts by Michael Guarnieri’s team have targeted the development of novel microbial biocatalysts capable of high-efficiency conversion of C1 carbon substrates (e.g., CO2, CH4) to diverse hydrocarbon fuel and platform chemical intermediates.

Guarnieri will present a series of synthetic biology approaches to enhance carbon conversion yield and biosynthetic capacity in microbial hosts. He will also discuss process-intensified bioconversion through novel reactor configurations for gas fermentation as well as associated techno-economic considerations for scalable deployment of these technologies.

Michael Guarnieri is a Senior Scientist in the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular genetics, with a joint degree in biophysics and structural biology, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where his research focused on structural and biophysical characterization of bacterial two-component signaling systems. Prior to his graduate studies, Guarnieri did undergraduate research at Brown University, examining viral secretion and virus-host interactions. He currently leads a series of microbial biocatalysis projects that target conversion of renewable gaseous substrates to fuel and chemical intermediates.

Reservations Required

Call 303-384-6565 or email to make a reservation for this free public program. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.


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Wednesday, 22 May, 2019


Education Center

Phone: 303.384.6565


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