Ed van Niel

Senior lecturer, Dr

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My main interest in research is to understand the metabolism of industrially applied microorganisms. The aim is to optimize fermentation processes for product formation. This includes medium optimization, growth parameter optimization, the use of designed co-cultures, biofilm formation and reactor configuration. A current focus is to understand the deep relation between redox- and energy metabolism in microbial cells growing under anaerobic conditions. Products of interest include hydrogen, ethanol, lactic acid and probiotic lactic acid bacteria cells. My probiotic research is done in collaboration with the SME BioGaia AB.


In the 16 years as senior lecturer I have gained vast experience in teaching students at all three cycle levels and in coordinating several graduate and post-graduate courses. I am involved in 5 courses given at my Division and I am a guest lecturer in two other couses. My teaching includes basic microbiology, food microbiology, metabolic engineering, environmental microbiology and designing probiotic products. I coordinate one first level course, one second level course and one third level course.

Societal impact

My expertise is related to projects focusing on environmental issues: towards cost-effective biofuel production from lignocellulosic biomass; and health issues: production of probiotic products (with/without prebiotics) with extended shelf-life.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

UKÄ subject classification

  • Engineering and Technology

Free keywords

  • Quantitative microbial physiology
  • Fermentation technology
  • Biofuels
  • Biohydrogen
  • Probiotics
  • Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Extreme thermophilic bacteria
  • Growth and enzyme kinetics


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