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MICROBIAL ELECTROSYNTHETIC CELLS

United States Patent Application

20150259669
A1
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Methods are provided for microbial electrosynthesis of H.sub.2 and organic compounds such as methane and acetate. Method of producing mature electrosynthetic microbial populations by continuous culture is also provided. Microbial populations produced in accordance with the embodiments as shown to efficiently synthesize H.sub.2, methane and acetate in the presence of CO.sub.2 and a voltage potential. The production of biodegradable and renewable plastics from electricity and carbon dioxide is also disclosed.
May, Harold D. (Charleston, SC), Marshall, Christopher W. (Charleston, SC), Labelle, Edward V. (Charleston, SC)
MUSC FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT (Charleston SC)
14/ 427,374
September 17, 2013
[0002] The invention was made with government support under Grant No. DE-AR0000089 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.