Ed van Niel

Senior Lecturer, Dr, Doctor, Engineer

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Engineering and Technology


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


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.

Recent research outputs

Thordis Kristjansdottir, Emanuel Y.C. Ron, Daniel Molins-Delgado, Olafur H. Fridjonsson, Charlotta Turner, Snaedis H. Bjornsdottir, Steinn Gudmundsson, Ed W.J. van Niel, Eva Nordberg Karlsson & Gudmundur O. Hreggvidsson, 2020, In : Metabolic Engineering Communications. 11, e00140.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Emanuel Y C Ron, Roya R R Sardari, Richard Anthony, Ed W J van Niel, Gudmundur O Hreggvidsson & Eva Nordberg-Karlsson, 2019 Nov 1, In : Extremophiles : life under extreme conditions. 23, 6, p. 735-745 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Armando Hernández, Christer Larsson, Radoslaw Sawicki, Ed van Niel, Stefan Roos & Sebastian Håkansson, 2019 May 17, In : AMB Express. 9, 8 p., 66.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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