Lauren Magnusson

Researcher III-Materials and Process Engineering


Research Interests

Lauren Magnusson received her Master of Science in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba (U of M) in 2008, where she worked under the supervision of Dr. Nazim Cicek. During her time at the U of M, she focused on cellulosic hydrogen production using the bacterium Clostridium thermocellum. Her research showed that long-term, stable hydrogen production can be achieved during direct fermentation of an insoluble cellulosic substrate under continuous culture conditions, and that C. thermocellum is capable of fermenting complex lignocellulosic materials without pretreament. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, she is currently working with Dr. Pin-Ching Maness on hydrogen production from various lignocellulosic biomass materials. Research interests include:

  • Hydrogen production from lignocellulosic biomass

  • Fermentation of waste green algal cell mass for hydrogen production


  • M.S., Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba, 2008

  • B.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Guelph, 2005

Featured Publications

  1. "Continuous hydrogen production during fermentation of α-cellulose by the thermophilic bacterium Clostridium thermocellum," Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2008)

  2. "Direct Hydrogen Production from Cellulosic Waste Materials with a Single-Step Dark Fermentation Process," International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2008)

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