Abhijeet P Borole

Abhijeet Borole is a chemical engineer with expertise in biomass conversion, waste to energy and bioelectrochemical systems. He is currently a Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and holds a Joint Faculty Professor appointment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department as well as in Energy Science and Engineering program at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education. He is involved in R&D focused on fermentation, microbial fuel cells and electrolysis cells and application of bioelectrochemical systems in the biorefinery and the oil and gas industry. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and holds 4 patents. He has also contributed to three books in the area of biocatalysis and bioenergy. His interests lie at the interface of biology, electrochemistry and engineering, which are targeted towards increasing energy efficiency during electrosynthesis of fuels and chemicals from biomass and waste. He works on understanding limitations of electroactive biofilms and developing strategies to optimize processes directing electron transfer from low value resources to higher value products.

 His other interests include water-energy-food nexus, bioprocess and bioreactor development, energy efficiency in biological and chemical production, petroleum and coal bioprocessing, multiphase process design, environmental biocatalysis and bioremediation. Specific processes he has worked on include microbial electrolysis, fuel cells, biomass pyrolysis, syngas utilization, biodesulfurization, biological mercury removal and anaerobic digestion.


Borole, A. P., Lewis A J., Renewable hydrogen production in biorefinery, a provisional patent application submitted in 2016
Borole, A P., Rodriguez, Jr. M, Liang, D., Electro-Fermentation, a provisional patent application submitted in 2016
Borole, A. P., Microbial Fuel Cell Treatment of Ethanol Fermentation Process Water, submitted 2012, US Patent 8,192,854 B2.
Borole, A. P. and Hamilton, C. Y.; ‘Removal of Mercury from Coal via a Microbial Pretreatment Process,’ 2011, US Patent 7,998,724
Borole, A. P. Microbial fuel cell with improved anode. 2010, U.S. Patent 7,695,834.
Borole, A. P., Tsouris, C. T., Microbial Fuel Cell Treatment of Fuel Process Wastewater, submitted 2009, US Patent 8,597,513 B2
Borole, A. P., Bioelectrochemical Systems for Gas Phase Treatment, a patent application submitted 2009.