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Peng Hu

Contact Information

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 56-422

Cambridge, MA, 02139, US

Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Phone: 617-290-6388

E-mail: pengh@mit.edu

Sustainable Energy Research

Recently, work in sustainable energy is exploring the fermentation of syngas (primarily CO, CO2, and H2) following gasification of cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels. The syngas fermentation by microbes utilizes the Wood-Ljungdahl metabolic pathway. Along this pathway, the intermediate Acetyl-CoA is produced from gas substrates and typically diverges to produce alcohols, acid, and/or cell mass. For biofuel production via syngas fermentation, several issues must be addressed to assess the commercial viability of the process. These issues include carbon utilization efficiency, cell growth, production, gas mass transfer rates, effects of syngas impurities, energy output vs. input, and product recovery. My interest includes the design and optimization of the syngas bioreactor.

Education

Ph.D. (2010) Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

B.S. (2001)   Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China