Methane (CH4) is not only an essential component of the global carbon cycle but also a potent greenhouse gas, with a greenhouse warming potential 21 times that of carbon dioxide. If methane can be efficiently converted to acetate, it will provide both economic and environmental benefits. In this project, we will develop a novel bioreactor underpinned by the very recent breakthrough findings from our centre, for the cost effective production of acetate using methane as feedstock. The microbial community structure and metabolic mechanism of the bioconversion methane to acetate process will be revealed simultaneously to support technology enhancement. The project has a strong potential to deliver an innovative biotechnology for anaerobic methane bioconversion for maximized acetate production. The biotechnology to be deliverer will contribute substantially to meet the market demand for acetate in an era of oil-deficiency.

Project members

  • Dr Lei Zhao