EBI Personnel Directory Chakraborty, Romy

Fossil Fuel Bioprocessing

Romy Chakraborty





Microbially Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery (MEHR)

MEHR involves the introduction of microorganisms, nutrients, and oxygen into the reservoir to produce metabolic events that lead, by a variety of mechanisms, to enhanced oil recovery. Hazen’s group intends to: 1) develop an understanding of native reservoir bacteria and their potential to enhance oil recovery; 2) engineer microbial strains to promote traits that facilitate recovery; 3) predict microbial growth and reactivity within petroleum reservoirs with enough accuracy to guide MEHR treatments; 4) develop in situ procedures to implement MEHR effectively and over large spatial scales; and 5) monitor treatments in real-time and over field-relevant scales.