Physiology and functional genomics of dissimilatory metal-reducing bacteria; Microbial interactions with electrodes.
Daniel Bond, a McKnight Land Grant professor and assistant professor of Microbiology, came to the BioTechnology Institute from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. At BTI he has continued to work on isolating bacteria that can grow on the surface of electrodes and be used to release energy in the form of electricity from renewable biological sources. Bond's work combines microbiology, electrochemistry, chemical engineering, and microfabrication in exploring the interface between biology and electricity.
Bond has championed the need for sustainable technologies able to produce power and products as the availability of petroleum decreases, and carbon dioxide emissions become a global concern. He was featured on one of the innovative University television commercials that addressed research for alternative energy sources.
"Biological resources vary in their energy content and chemical composition, making it likely that no single solution will release the potential locked inside these materials," said Bond. "Instead, the future will require flexible approaches, able to convert a variety of locally produced materials into a range of valuable fuels and compounds."
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