Dr. Bruce Rittmann contributed to the article "The role of electron donors generated from UV photolysis for accelerating pyridine biodegradation" recently published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering. The article focuses on the use of UV photolysis to improve production of succinate as an electron donor to biodegrade pyridine in a lab-scale internal circulation baffled biofilm reactor. Check it out here!
Congratulations to Mohamed Mahmoud, who will be attending the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy at Colorado School of Mines on June 17-24.
Dr. Bruce Rittmann will be receiving Washington Unversity's School of Engineering and Applied Science Engineering Alumni Achievement Award on Thursday, April 23. Dr. Rittmann graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1974. Congratulations Dr. Rittmann!
The Swette Center's undergraduates took center stage on last Friday at the 2015 Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative Symposium. Check out the highlights below!
Congratulations to Alex Zevin for successfully defending his dissertation, "Characterization of Structure and Function of Microbial Communities in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 Photobioreactors." Alex's dissertation work focuses on interactions between Synechocystis cyanobacteria and heterotrophic microorganisms in photobioreactors. Alex's committee includes Dr. Bruce Rittmann (chair), Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown (chair), and Dr. Wim Vermass.
Congratulations to Matt Thompson, who successfully defended his thesis today on coupling a PBR with a membrane filtration system to concentrate biomass for harvesting and increase overall biomass production. Matt is a M.S. student in Environmental Engineering. His committee included Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and Dr. Peter Fox. Congrats Matt!
Dr. Bruce Rittmann will be presenting "Connecting with the World Seminar Series: Environmental biotechnology" at Marquette University on Wednesday, April 22, at noon. Dr. Rittmann will be discussing the role of environmental biotechnology in today's society and the future. For more information, click here!
Matt Thompson, a M.S. student studying Environmental Engineering, will be defending his thesis this Thursday, April 16, at 1 PM in Biodesign A350. As part of the photobioreactor (PBR) team, Matt's research has evaluated coupling a PBR with a membrane filtration system to concentrate biomass for harvesting and increase overall biomass production. Good luck, Matt!
Swette center members publish on the role of phosphate limitation in heterotrophic biomass growth in photobioreactors
Alex Zevin, Dr. Bruce Rittmann and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown just published "Effects of phosphate limitation on soluble microbial products and microbial community structure in semi-continuous Synechocystis-based photobioreactors" in Biotechnology and Bioengineering. The article focuses on how phosphorus may play a key role in limiting heterotrophic biomass in photobioreactors.
Alex Zevin, a Ph.D. candidate in the Biological Design program, will be defending his dissertation this Friday, April 17, at 9am in the Biodesign Auditorium. Alex's dissertation work focuses on interactions between Synechocystis cyanobacteria and heterotrophic microorganisms in photobioreactors. Alex's committee includes Dr. Bruce Rittmann (chair), Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown (chair), and Dr. Wim Vermass. Good luck, Alex!