Nikolaos Xafenias

Forskare at Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology

Dr. Nikolaos Xafenias is a researcher at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering. His research focuses on the sustainable production of valuable chemicals and fuels, and the recovery of nutrients from wastewater streams. He is mainly working with bioelectrochemical systems, devices where whole microbes are utilized to catalyze electrochemical reactions. By merging wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion, and microbial electrosynthesis processes, the overall aim is to develop novel methods and promote biorefinery-based alternatives for the energy and chemical industries.

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Projects

2013–2018

Upgrading of renewable domestic raw materials to value-added bulk and fine chemicals for a biobased economy: technology development, systems integration and environmental impact assessment (BioBuF)

Lisbeth Olsson Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Anne-Marie Tillman Department of Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis
Mathias Janssen Department of Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis
Carl Johan Franzén Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Elin Svensson Department of Energy and Environment, Energy Technology
Simon Harvey Department of Energy and Environment, Energy Technology
Thore Berntsson Department of Energy and Environment, Energy Technology
Christel Cederberg Department of Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory
Hans Theliander Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Forest Products and Chemical Engineering
Nikolaos Xafenias Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Emma Karlsson Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Maurizio Bettiga Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Karin Pettersson Department of Energy and Environment, Energy Technology
Joshua Mayers Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Eva Albers Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Valeria Mapelli Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Christel Kampman Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Stavros Papadokonstantakis Department of Energy and Environment, Energy Technology
Formas
Västra Götalandsregionen, Regionutvecklingssekretariatet

2014–2015

Sustainable production of value-added fuels and commodity products via microbial electrosynthesis

Nikolaos Xafenias Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Industrial biotechnology
ÅForsk (Ångpanneföreningens Foundation for Research and Development)

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Publications

2016

Biocathodes for enhancing anaerobic growth of Corynebacterium glutamicum with nitrate

Nikolaos Xafenias, Cathleen Kmezik, Valeria Mapelli et al
Proceedings of the 3rd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology
Conference poster
2016

Cathodes enhance Corynebacterium glutamicum growth with nitrate and promote acetate and formate production

Nikolaos Xafenias, Cathleen Kmezik, Valeria Mapelli et al
Bioresource Technology. Vol. 216, p. 105-113
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2015

Electrochemical startup increases 1,3-propanediol titers in mixed-culture glycerol fermentations

Nikolaos Xafenias, MarySandra Oluchi Anunobi, Valeria Mapelli et al
Process Biochemistry. Vol. 50 (10), p. 1499-1508
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2015

Electrofermentations allow for efficient conversion of waste glycerol into value-added 1,3-propanediol

Nikolaos Xafenias, Valeria Mapelli,
Water and Industry conference proceedings
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2015

Microbial electrocatalysis for the enhancement of 1,3-propanediol production from glycerol

Nikolaos Xafenias, Valeria Mapelli,
3rd International Symposium on Green Chemistry
Conference poster
2015

Evaluating hexavalent chromium reduction and electricity production in microbial fuel cells with alkaline cathodes

Nikolaos Xafenias, Yue Zhang, Charles Banks et al
International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. Vol. 12 (8), p. 2435-2446
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

Enhancement of 1,3-propanediol production from glycerol using bioelectrochemical systems

Nikolaos Xafenias, MarySandra Oluchi Anunobi, Valeria Mapelli et al
Proceedings of the 2nd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (3-5 September 2014, Alcalá de Henares, Spain)
Conference poster
2014

Performance and bacterial enrichment of bioelectrochemical systems during methane and acetate production

Nikolaos Xafenias, Valeria Mapelli,
International journal of hydrogen energy. Vol. 39 (36), p. 21864-21875
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

Enhanced Performance of Hexavalent Chromium Reducing Cathodes in the Presence of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and Lactate

Nikolaos Xafenias, Yue Zhang, Charles Banks et al
Environmental Science and Technology. Vol. 47 (9), p. 4512-4520
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

Improvement of methane generation via coupling of anaerobic digestion to Bio-Electrochemical Systems

Nikolaos Xafenias, Lisbeth Olsson, Valeria Mapelli et al
Cell Factories and Biosustainability, 6-8 May 2013, Hillerød, Denmark
Conference poster
2013

Evaluating methane and acetate production in microbial electrolysis cells: reactor performance and microbial diversity

Nikolaos Xafenias, Lisbeth Olsson, Valeria Mapelli et al
Proceedings of the Fifth European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Conference- Piero Lunghi Conference, 11-13 December 2013, Rome, Italy
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2013

Exploring the capabilities of microbial electrosynthesis during treatment of low-strength wastewater

Nikolaos Xafenias, Lisbeth Olsson, Valeria Mapelli et al
Proceedings of the Fourth International Microbial Fuel Cells Conference, 1-4 September 2013, Cairns, Australia
Conference paper - peer reviewed