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Microbial electrosynthetic cells

United States Patent

9,879,251
January 30, 2018
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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)
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA (Charleston, SC)
14/ 427,374
20150259669
September 17, 2013
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.