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Research project

Production and extraction of C3 and C4 aliphatic carboxylic acids from the anaerobic digestion of waste blood as a model substrate

Project overview

The overall aim of this research is to prove the concept that, by selection of reactor conditions and substrate type, anaerobic fermentation can be directed towards specified target products in concentrations suitable for extraction and further refining as intermediate bulk chemicals.


Lead researcher

Doctor Yue Zhang


Research interests

  • Anaerobic digestion (AD) for organic waste management and renewable energy production, especially optimisation of digestion process e.g. via selective trace element supplementation, and manipulation of microbially-mediated pathways methanogenesis
  • Mixed-culture fermentation for bio-based chemical production with integration of downstream recovery processes, especially on selective carboxylic acid production from protein-rich wastes

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