Dr. Eiteman's laboratory is developing microbial processes to generate fuels and chemicals. Through an understanding of microbial regulatory mechanisms and redox balance constraints, strains and processes are developed to maximize product formation. Examples of products of recent interest include succinic acid, lactic acid, pyruvic acid and 5-aminolevulinate. Additionally, they are developing technology to remove the microbial growth inhibitor acetic acid selectively from lignocellulosic hydrolysates, and to convert the resulting mixed sugar stream into ethanol.
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