Department of Geosciences, Environmental Biotechnology Group, University of Tübingen, Germany and the Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center and the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University in Denmark
Lars Angenent works in the field of environmental biotechnology with an interest in recovering carbon with open cultures (reactor microbiomes), defined mixed cultures, co-cultures, or pure cultures of microbes. This, to generate specific products, such as the energy carriers – methane; medium-chain carboxylic acids, such as n-caproic acid and n-caprylic acid; electric current; n-butanol; and ethanol, among other products. Pretreatment of the biomass may be necessary to increase the conversion rates, and therefore Lars Angenent is also interested in physical/chemical (e.g., dilute acid method), thermochemical (e.g., slow pyrolysis), and biological pretreatment steps. In regards to bioprocessing, Lars Angenent studies power-to-gas, power-to-protein, power-to-X, anaerobic fermentation, bioelectrochemical systems, and syngas fermentation. Other areas of interest are microbial electrochemical technologies that are based on microbial electrochemistry.