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Institute of Technical Biocatalysis

High Pressure Biotechnology


Pressure is a factor which is often neglected in chemical and biocatalytical reactions but that may have a strong influence. To study this in detail we build reactors for cultivation of bacteria and to monitor biocatalytic reactions at high pressures with diverse inline analytics, e.g. online sensors for oxygen and carbon dioxide.

 

The two major research areas are:

(i) Biodegradation of mineral oil under deep-sea conditions as they are present at the Deep Water Horizon accident site, where a blowout occurred at 1500 m depth, corresponding to 15 MPa.

(ii) Impact of pressure on kinetics, stability of biocatalysts as well as the respective thermodynamics.


Group Leader: Dr. Paul Bubenheim

Former Research Group of Prof. Dr. Rudolf Müller (Emeritus)


Research Fields:

• Pressure dependency regarding bacterial degradation of oil components

• Changes in bacterial population diversity in deep sea sediments

• New process windows for piezophilic biocatalysts

 

 

 

 

High Pressure Biotechnology

News

New PhD position at ITB. Topic: Experimental and theoretical processing of biocatalytic cascade reactions.

New PhD position at ITB.

Topic: Experimental and theoretical processing of biocatalytic cascade reactions.

Complete offer information available here.

Edgar Gamero joins the ITB for his Master Thesis. Welcome!

Edgar Gamero joins the ITB for his Master Thesis. Welcome!

Edgar will work in the topic "Etablierung einer Hochzelldichtefermentation und eines Aktivitätstest zur Oxidation von Alkanen".

Good luck and welcome!

Dr. Martina Schedler has succesfully completed her PhD!

Martina Schedler has succesfully completed her PhD "Microbial degradation of crude oil at high pressure".

Congratulations!!

Aparna Nair joins the ITB for her Master's Project Work. Welcome!
Aparna Nair joins the ITB for her Master's Project Work. Welcome!

Aparna will work in the topic "Optimization of crude oil fractionation procedures for biodegradation analysis at high pressure conditions".

Good luck and welcome!