Microbial Electrosynthesis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Ludovic Jourdin*, Thomas Burdyny

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The valorization of CO2 to valuable products via microbial electrosynthesis (MES) is a technology transcending the disciplines of microbiology, (electro)chemistry, and engineering, bringing opportunities and challenges. As the field looks to the future, further emphasis is expected to be placed on engineering efficient reactors for biocatalysts, to thrive and overcome factors which may be limiting performance. Meanwhile, ample opportunities exist to take the lessons learned in traditional and adjacent electrochemical fields to shortcut learning curves. As the technology transitions into the next decade, research into robust and adaptable biocatalysts will then be necessary as reactors shape into larger and more efficient configurations, as well as presenting more extreme temperature, salinity, and pressure conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-369
Number of pages11
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • application-driven roadmap
  • biofilm
  • CO utilization
  • electrode and reactor design
  • extremophiles
  • microbial electrosynthesis (MES)


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