Bioreactor for converting organic waste to commodities

microbial waste


Energy   Environment


Jieun Shin


Greg Stephanopolous

Research Mentor

Devin Currie

Organic waste is an under-utilized resource. This project seeks to convert organic waste from land fills and agriculture into high value products using modern chemical and biological engineering techniques. To that end, we have developed a novel technology that uses anaerobic digestion of food waste to produce valuable chemicals and fuels at community and industrial scales. Pilot testing is underway at MIT and in India.

WINNER: IDEAS Global Challenge 2015

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Thesis: Exploring volatile fatty acids (VFAs) as a novel substrate for microbial oil production (Sagar Chakraborty)

Poster: Biological Conversion of Organic Municipal Solid Waste to Fuels and Chemicals