Our lab has been conducting research on production, purification, and applications of rhamnolipids for more than a decade. We have in-depth experience in rhamnolipid production and have developed technologies for both upstream and downstream processing and product control.
We developed a patent-pending process that employs unique process designs to promote the establishment of stable and desirable algae species, with high oil content, as the predominant population in the end culture produced. The algal lipids can be collected and converted to biodiesel. This flexible process can be used to treat waste water.
Our group has worked on direct application and production of enzymes to accomplish industrial tasks. Much of our study has focused on producing hydrolytic cellulase, xylanase, pectinase, arabinase and lactase. We have applied these to the hydrolysis of Soy carbohydrates.
Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is corrosion affected by the presence and metabolism of microorganisms. Our MIC group studies focus on sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) - induced corrosion on carbon steel (CS) and stainless steel (SS).
Cyanobacteria are capable of producing gas vesicles. These small organelles are used to control floatation. However, they have been shown to be excellent gas carriers. We have been working on scaleable production methods and novel bio-medical applications.
Arabitol is a value-added product that can be produced from biodiesel glycerol or waste sugar streams. We have extensively tested more than 300 culture strains to find the best candidates. This next generation sugar alcohol can be used as a sweetener or polyol monomer.