Lovley Invention Pushes the University to Record-High Number of Patents

Derek Lovley

Derek Lovley, Distinguished University Professor, and Kelly Nevin Lovley, Research Assistant Professor, have developed and licensed a new technology, microbial electrosynthesis, which led the University of Massachusetts to record 62 patents in 2015 which is a record-high for the University. Read more...

Microbial electrosynthesis is a process that harnesses leftover renewable solar energy and feeds it to microorganisms to produce transportation fuel and pre-plastic materials, among other products. The process, which took seven years to develop and license, is an artificial form of phytosynthesis and more efficiently converts solar energy into useful products.