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H2 production from glycerol with the aid of microbial cells isolated from the extremophile ecosystem of Rio Tinto

15th National Programme for the allocation of Research Grants for Life and Matter Sciences


Senior Researcher : Víctor Manuel Fernández López

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Research Centre or Institution : Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica. CSIC. Madrid.


This project proposes the production of hydrogen from glycerol by electrochemical processes catalysed by acidophilic bacteria isolated from the Rio Tinto river as a possible alternative to enhance this by-product. Through an understanding of the metabolic capabilities of these bacteria and taking into account their property of connecting electrically to carbon electrodes, the proposal is to develop a process imitating their natural function and producing bacterial electrodes that can be used in the oxidation of glycerol to generate hydrogen with the energy derived from bacterial metabolisation. The development of a system for the electro-generation of hydrogen is a goal of considerable interest and importance, from both an energy and an environmental perspective.

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