Advances and opportunities at the interface between microbial bioenergy and nanotechnology

Shawn Pugh, Rebekah McKenna, Richard Moolick, David Nielsen

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In this review, we highlight many recent developments in nanotechnology of critical relevance to microbial bioenergy synthesis. Nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofibres, and nanoporous materials, are each being utilised in powerful ways as tools for feedstock processing, genetic engineering, and biofuel harvesting, as well as in bioelectrochemical systems. As materials and techniques continue to mature, nanomaterials will become a truly integral part of the bioenergy sector. Sustainable bioenergy production will ultimately be achieved through interdisciplinary efforts that continue to bridge the gap between these traditionally distinct fields of study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-12
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Bioenergy
  • Biofuels
  • Bioprocessing
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Nanotechnology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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