Lars Angenent is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. He is interested in converting organic waste materials into energy or chemicals. His research addresses two problems: treating wastes as well as generating renewable energy or green chemicals. New York is especially poised to use organic wastes because of its abundance of dairy manure and urban wood waste. Professor Angenent wants our society to choose these alternative methods of generating energy before we further explore nonrenewable energy sources, such as natural gas.
The Angenent Group has three main focus areas: bioenergy, biosensors/biocomputing, and computational ecology methods. The group works towards unraveling interactions and forming a better understanding of biosystems, leading to performance and stability improvements.
Professor Angenent teaches students to integrate physics, engineering, environmental impacts, economics, and sustainable development, with an emphasis on technical and economic analysis of large-scale energy systems and their conceptual design. Graduate level courses include classical as well as the latest and most powerful molecular biology techniques, the use of statistics to inform scientists about community structure-function relationships, and biofuel/bioenergy system design. Current courses include BEE 4870 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems and BEE 6570 Mixed-Culture Engineered Systems: Bioenergy and Microbial Ecology.
Awards and Honors
- SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2015) State University of NY
- Spirito, C. M., Richter, H., Rabaey, K., Stams, A. J., & Angenent, L. (2014). Chain elongation in anaerobic reactor microbiomes to recover resources from waste. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 27:115-122.
- Vasudevan, D., Richter, H., & Angenent, L. (2014). Upgrading dilute ethanol from syngas fermentation to n-caproate with reactor microbiomes. Bioresource Technology. 1:378-382.
- Kalontarov, M., Doud, D. F., Jung, E. E., Angenent, L., & Erickson, D. (2013). In situ hollow fiber membrane facilitated CO2 delivery to a cyanobacterium for enhanced productivity. RSC Advances. 3:13203-13209.
- Goldbeck, C. P., Jensen, H. M., TerAvest, M. A., Beedle, N., Appling, Y., Hepler, M., Cambray, G., Mutalik, V., Angenent, L., & Ajo-Franklin, C. M. (2013). Tuning Promoter Strengths for Improved Synthesis and Function of Electron Conduits in Escherichia coli. ACS Synthetic Biology. 2:150-159.
- Richter, H., Martin, M., & Angenent, L. (2013). A Two-Stage Continuous Fermentation System for Conversion of Syngas into Ethanol. Energies. 6:3987-4000.
- Richter, H., Loftus, S., & Angenent, L. (2013). Integrating syngas fermentation with the carboxylate platform and yeast fermentation to reduce medium cost and improve biofuel productivity. Environmental Technology. 34:1983-1994.
- Richter, H., Perez, J. M., Loftus, S. E., & Angenent, L. (2013). Biocatalytic reduction of short-chain carboxylic acids into their corresponding alcohols with syngas fermentation. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 110:1066-1077.
- Friedman, E. S., Rosenbaum, M., Lee, A. W., Lipson, D., Land, B. R., & Angenent, L. (2013). A cost-effective and field-ready potentiostat that poises subsurface electrodes to monitor bacterial respiration. Biosensors & Bioelectronics. 32:309-313.
- Li, Z., Venkataraman, A., Rosenbaum, M. A., & Angenent, L. (2012). A laminar-flow microfluidic device for quantitative analysis of microbial electrochemical activity. ChemSusChem. 5:1119-1123.
- Usack, J. G., Spirito, C. M., & Angenent, L. (2012). Continuously-stirred anaerobic digester to convert organic wastes into biogas: system setup and basic operation. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). 65:e3978.