And the award goes to... We are glad to announce that the paper “Anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass: Challenges and opportunities” published by Sawatdeenarunat C., Surendra K.C., Takara D., Oechsner H., and Khanal S.K., received the Elsevier Top Cited Award during the BIORESTEC-2018. This is 11th highest paper for BITE citations and IF in 2017.
MOST CITED ARTICLE SINCE 2015
Bioresource Technology August 2018
Paper published by Dr. Khanal along with former Ph.D. students Chayanon Sawatdeenarunat, Surendra KC, Devin Takara and Dr. Hans Oeschsner rank among the most cited articles since 2015 in Bioresource Technology. Well done!
Research review paper published in Biotechnology Advances
Exposure of a small amount of oxygen/air (microaeration) has been reported to benefit the anaerobic digestion (AD) process in enhancing hydrolysis, improving methane yield, stabilizing the process and scavenging hydrogen sulfide among others. The underlying mechanism of enhancing AD process via microaeration is the augmentation of activity and diversity of the microbial consortia that promotes syntrophic interactions among different microbial groups, thereby creating a more stable process. To design and implement a microaeration-based AD process, fundamental insights about the mechanism of the AD system at process, microbial and molecular levels must be fully explored. This review critically examines microaeration-based AD processes through our recent understandings of the effect of oxygen on microbial community structure, enzymatic, energetic, physiological, and biochemical aspects of the microbial-mediated process. Syntrophic interactions between hydrolytic, fermentative, sulfate reducing, syntrophic bacteria and methanogens under microaerobic conditions are examined to reveal putative mechanism and factors that need to be considered when implementing microaeration in AD process. Further studies are needed to better understand the microbial pathways and bioenergetics of the microaerobic AD process by adopting advanced molecular techniques such as metagenomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics
Sumeth Wonkiew (Ph.D.) has joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Chulalongkorn university, Thailand. Chulalongkorn University is one of the top national universities in Thailand.
Professor Samir Khanal has recent been awarded a highly competitive grant from the Western Regional Sun Grant Center. The $150,000 grant will focus on bioconversion of food wastes/agri-residues using black soldier fly (BSF) (Hermetia illucens).
Samir Khanal is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). Khanal is a leading researcher in the field of anaerobic digestion, bioenergy, waste-to-resources an...