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STTR Phase II: Engineering Geobacter for Enhanced Electricity Production

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0548633
Agency Tracking Number: 0420048
Amount: $499,665.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 03-535
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5405 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Radhakrishnan Mahadevan
 (858) 824-1771
Business Contact
 Christophe Schilling
Title: Dr
Phone: (858) 824-1771
Research Institution
 Univ of MA Amherst
 Derek R Lovley
203N Morrill IVN
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

 (413) 545-9651
 Nonprofit College or University

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project aims to develop commercially viable bacterial strains (Geobacter sulfurreducens) for use as biocatalysts in microbial fuel cells. The research genetically manipulates these bacteria to enable the utilization of alternative substrates and increase current generation through the expression of an energy consuming futile cycle. The rates will be increased and alternative cheaper substrates utilized during this project. The broader impact of this research will result in development of novel microbial fuel cells that can convert renewable resources such as biomass and agricultural wastes to electrical energy in an efficient fashion with varied commercial applications. Additionally, innovative the metabolic engineering strategy that is developed could be applied to other industrially relevant microorganisms. In addition, there are significant societal and educational components of this program. One example would be a microbial fuel cell that harnesses electricity from organic waste can be valuable in electrifying remote rural communities in developing countries by decentralizing power generation while protecting the environment.

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