IISER Mohali, Knowledge city, Sector 81, SAS Nagar, Manauli PO 140306

Dr. Sunil A. Patil
Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences

Email sunil(AT)iisermohali.ac.in
Fax +91 172 2240266
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Research Area: 

Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology

Research Focus:

Our research focuses mainly on CO2 conversion to biochemicals and biofuels, resource recovery from wastewaters, and bioremediation of pollutants, with the goal of advancing environmental science and engineering towards value addition through the development of sustainable biotechnologies. To achieve this, we use microbial electrocatalysis approach wherein microorganisms are used to catalyze the oxidation and/or reduction reactions at the electrodes in bioelectrochemical systems. In addition to the microbiology and electrochemistry toolkit, we employ tools and techniques from environmental science, material science, energy science and engineering, bioengineering, microscopy and analytical chemistry disciplines to understand the fundamental aspects of microbe-electrode interactions and to explore them for practically relevant applications.  

Broadly, our research activities and interests are subdivided into following key areas:
  • Electricity-driven production of multicarbon chemicals and fuels from CO2 using microorganisms.
  • Resource recovery from wastewaters using microbial electrochemical technologies.
  • Electro-assisted bioremediation of micropollutants.
  • Exploration of different natural habitats for electroactive microorganisms.
  • Microbe-electrode interactions  
Selected Publications
  • Patil, S.A., Arends, J.B.A., Vanwonterghem, I., van Meerbergen, J., Guo K., Tyson, G.W. and Rabaey, K., Selective enrichment establishes a stable performing community for microbial electrosynthesis of acetate from CO2.; Environmental Science and Technology, 49, 8833-8843, 2015.
  • Patil, S.A., Gildemyn, S., Pant, D., Zengler, K., Logan, B.E. and Rabaey, K., A logical data representation framework for electricity-driven bioproduction processes.; Biotechnology Advances, 33, 736-744, 2015.
  • Patil, S.A., Górecki, K., Hagerhall, C. and Gorton, L., Cisplatin-induced elongation of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 cells improves microbe–electrode interactions for use in microbial fuel cells.; Energy and Environmental Science 6, 2626–2630, 2013.
  • Patil, S.A., Hägerhäll, C. and Gorton, L., Electron transfer mechanisms between microorganisms and electrodes in bioelectrochemical systems.; Bioanalytical Reviews 4, 159-192, 2012.
  • Millo, D., Harnisch F., Patil, S.A., Schroder, U., Hildebrandt, P., In situ spectroelectrochemical investigation of electrocatalytic microbial biofilms by surface-enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy; Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50(11), 2625-2627, 2011.
  • Patil, S.A., Harnisch, F. and Schröder, U., Toxicity response of electroactive microbial biofilms- a decisive feature for potential biosensor and power source applications. ; ChemPhysChem, 11, 2834–2837, 2010.
  • Patil, S.A., Harnisch, F., Kapadnis, B. and Schröder, U., Electroactive mixed culture biofilms in microbial bioelectrochemical systems: The role of temperature for biofilm formation and performance. ; Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 26, 803–808, 2010.


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