Dr. Finneran’s research focuses on anaerobic microbial ecology, emphasizing basic microbial physiology and its role in biodegradation and biofuel production and how it can be adapted for specific applications. Metabolic pathways, microbial community and population dynamics, and competing factors that influence contaminant fate and transport are investigated using pure cultures, mixed cultures, and contaminated aquifer material. Biofuel production focuses on Clostridium beijerinckii, and how to alter fermentative physiology using external influences, and how different challenges can redirect electron and carbon flow in fermentative metabolism. Most recently, research has focused on mixed biological-abiotic reactions that drive contaminant transformation both in situ and ex situ, using Fe(III)-reducing microorganisms as well as photosynthetic microbes (Rhodobacter spp.) Research is conducted with pure cultures and aquifer material at the bench scale and adapted to larger scales when appropriate.Syllabus Respository.
Ye, X., X. Zhang, E. Morgenroth, and K.T. Finneran, 2012, Anthrahydroquinone-2,6-disulfonate increases the rate of hydrogen production during Clostridium beijerinckii fermentation with glucose, xylose, and cellobiose, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37, 11701-11709
Wei, N. and K.T. Finneran, 2013 Low and High Acetate Amendments are Equally as Effective at Promoting Complete Dechlorination of Trichloroethylene (TCE), Biodegradation, 24, 413-425
Azam, H.M. and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Ferric Iron Increases Fe(III)-Reducing Microbial Diversity and Carbon Oxidation in On-Site Wastewater Systems, Chemosphere 90(4), 1435-1443
Ye, X., X. Zhang, E. Morgenroth, and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Exogenous anthrahydroquinone-2,6-disulfonate specifically increases xylose utilization during mixed sugar fermentation by Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38, 2719-2727
Millerick, K.A., S.R. Drew, and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Electron Shuttle Mediated Biodegradation of Hexahydro-1,3,5-Trinitro-1,3,5-Triazine (RDX) Adsorbed to Granular Activated Carbon, Environmental Science and Technology, 47:8743-8750
Zhang, X. X. Ye, B. Guo, K.T. Finneran, J. Zilles, and E. Morgenroth, 2013, Lignocellulosic hydrolysates and extracellular electron shuttles for H2 production using co-culture fermentation with Clostridium beijerinckii and Geobacter metallireducens, Bioresource Technology, 147:89-95
Kwon, M.J., N. Wei, K. Millerick, J. Popovic, and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Clostridium geopurificans strain MJ1 sp. nov., a Strictly Anaerobic Bacterium that Grows via Fermentation and Reduces the Cyclic Nitramine Explosive Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), Current Microbiology, in press
Reinauer, K. J. Popovic, C. Weber, K.A. Millericik, M.J. Kwon, N. Wei, Y. Zhang, and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Hydrogenophaga carboriunda sp. nov., a Tertiary Butyl Alcohol Oxidizing, Psychrotolerant Aerobe Derived from Granular Activated Carbon, Current Microbiology, in press
Azam, H.M. and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Fe(III) Reduction Mediated Phosphorus Removal as Vivianite in Septic System Wastewater, Chemosphere, in press, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.09.032
Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 2012
Speaker, German-American Frontiers of Sciences (GAFOS) Symposium, co-sponsored by the NAS and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AVHF)
University of Illinois Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2009 & 2010, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, All semesters Spring 2007 through Fall 2009 (graduate and undergraduate courses)
Best student paper award, Association for Environmental Health Sciences (AEHS) annual east coast conference on contaminated soil, sediment, and water, Amherst, MA, October 2007 (Student: Na Wei), and October 2009 (Student: Kay Dunnett)
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