Electrifying research...

This is the website of the Microbial Electricity Research Group coordinated by Prof. dr. ir. Filip Meysman. The research team involves scientists from the University of Antwerpen (Belgium) and Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands). Research is funded by the European Research council (ERC), Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and a VICI grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

An intriguing discovery

Microbial cells can exhibit sophisticated cooperative behaviour. But none of the recent advancements in geomicrobiology has been so perplexing as the proposal that multicellular bacteria are capable of fast, electrical communication over centimetre-scale distances.

Research questions

When and where does microbial long-distance electron transport occur? Which redox pathways and microbial players are involved? What is the effective mechanism of electron transfer? What are its biogeochemical implications for natural ecosystems?