Funding to research project focusing on biotechnological CO2 valorization

Professor Silvan Scheller and Professor Paula Jouhten from the School of Chemical Engineering have received 1 081 000 euro funding from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
Professor Paula Jouhten and Professor Silvan Scheller
Professor Paula Jouhten and Professor Silvan Scheller

Scheller and Jouhten's research project focuses on cell factories for CO2 valorization by combining the disciplines of biochemistry and computational biology. The goal is to utilize microbes as biocatalyst for the conversion of CO2 and hydrogen to organic feedstocks. The research project may provide new solutions for mitigating global warming, and it is linked to the hydrogen economy. 

The project utilizes microbes that evolved in nature for efficiently converting CO2 to acetate or to methane. It takes advantage of the outstanding CO2-conversion capabilities in these cells, but it engineers those cells to produce more useful compounds. 

The expected outcome of the project is to identify the best-suited microbe for biotechnological CO2-valorization, and to design strategies to make them produce multi-carbon compounds that may help in substituting fossil resources. 

We congratulate Professor Scheller and Professor Jouhten for the grant!

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