Stefano Cestellos-Blanco

MATERIAL SCIENCE ENGINEERING, PH.D. CANDIDATE

Modern society is entirely reliant on accessible sources of ammonia (NH 3 ) as a fertilizer to meet agricultural needs for an expanding world population. However, industrial production of ammonia relies on fossil fuels consuming up to 3% of global yearly energy and contributing to local environmental pollution. Stefano strives to combine biological N 2 -to-NH 3 enzymatic pathways within bacteria with light-active nanomaterials. The goal of his research is to power N 2 -fixing bacteria with energy harvested from sunlight by semiconducting nanostructured materials. Stefano employs a variety of electroactive bacteria in his research while fabricating and synthesizing biocompatible nanomaterials.

  • UC Berkeley