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BES refers to processes that involve electrode reactions catalyzed by microorganisms. Examples include microbially catalyzed oxidation of organic matter at anodes of microbial fuel cells (MFC) and microbial electrolytic cells (MEC); and microbially catalyzed reduction of photosynthetically generated oxygen in microbial solar cells (MSC). Research in BES at CBMSE spans fundamental studies aimed at elucidation of extracellular electron transfer processes through application of electrochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology (e.g., metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics), and microscopy; to engineering and field testing of prototype devices. Potential applications of BES targeted by CBMSE include energy harvesting in marine environments to persistently power remotely deployed oceanographic sensors, energy efficient wastewater treatment, bioremediation, biological engineering at the cell/electrode interface, and electrosynthesis of liquid fuel from carbon dioxide.

Selected Publications