Dr. Finneran’s research focuses on anaerobic microbial ecology, emphasizing basic microbial physiology and its role in biodegradation and biofuel production and how it can be adapted for specific applications. Metabolic pathways, microbial community and population dynamics, and competing factors that influence contaminant fate and transport are investigated using pure cultures, mixed cultures, and contaminated aquifer material. Biofuel production focuses on Clostridium beijerinckii, and how to alter fermentative physiology using external influences, and how different challenges can redirect electron and carbon flow in fermentative metabolism. Most recently, research has focused on mixed biological-abiotic reactions that drive contaminant transformation both in situ and ex situ, using Fe(III)-reducing microorganisms as well as photosynthetic microbes (Rhodobacter spp.) Research is conducted with pure cultures and aquifer material at the bench scale and adapted to larger scales when appropriate.For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Respository.
Ye, X., X. Zhang, E. Morgenroth, and K.T. Finneran, 2012, Anthrahydroquinone-2,6-disulfonate increases the rate of hydrogen production during Clostridium beijerinckii fermentation with glucose, xylose, and cellobiose, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, In Press doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.05.018
Ye, X., X. Zhang, E. Morgenroth, and K.T. Finneran, 2011, Anthrahydroquinone-2,6-Disulfonate (AH20DS) increases hydrogen molar yield and xylose utilization in growing cultures of Clostridium beijerinckii, Applied Microbiol Biotechnol, 92(4), 855-864.
Wei, Na, and K.T. Finneran, 2011, The Influence of Ferric Iron on Complete Dechlorination of Trichloroethylene (TCE) to Ethene: Fe(III) Reduction does not Always Inhibit Complete Dechlorination, Environ. Sci. Technol., 45(17), 7422-7430.
Kwon, M.J., E. O'Loughlin, D. Antonopoulos, and K.T. Finneran, 2011, Geochemical and Microbiological Processes Contributing to the Transformation of Hexahydro-1 ,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) in Contaminated Aquifer Material, Chemosphere, 84(9), 1223-1230.
Wei, Na, and K.T. Finneran, 2011, Microbial Community Composition during Anaerobic TBA Mineralization in Fuel Contaminated Aquifer Material, Environ. Sci. Technol., 45(7), 3012-3018.
Kwon, M.J. and K.T. Finneran, 2010, Electron shuttle-stimulated RDX mineralization and biological production of 4-nitro-2,4-diazabutanal (NDAB) in RDX-contaminated aquifer material, Biodegradation, 21 (6), 923-937.
Wei, Na, and K.T. Finneran, 2009, Microbial Community Analyses of Three Distinct, Liquid Cultures that Degrade Methyl tert Butyl Ether (MTBE) using Anaerobic Metabolism, Biodegradation, 20(5), 695-707.
Kwon, M.J. and K.T. Finneran, 2009, Hexahydro-1 ,3,5-trinitro-1 ,3,5-triazine (RDX) Reduction is concurrently Mediated by Direct Electron Transfer from Hydroquinones and the Resulting Biogenic Fe(II) formed during Electron Shuttle-Amended Biodegradation, Environmental Engineering Science, 26(5), 961-971.
Kwon, M.J. and K.T. Finneran, 2008, Biotransformation Products and Mineralization Potential for Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1 ,3,5-triazine (RDX) in Abiotic versus Biological Degradation Pathways with Anthraquinone-2,6-Disulfonate (AODS) and Geobacter metallireducens, Biodegradation, 19(5), 705-715.
Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 2012
Speaker, German-American Frontiers of Sciences (GAFOS) Symposium, co-sponsored by the NAS and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AVHF)
University of Illinois Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2009 & 2010, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, All semesters Spring 2007 through Fall 2009 (graduate and undergraduate courses)
Best student paper award, Association for Environmental Health Sciences (AEHS) annual east coast conference on contaminated soil, sediment, and water, Amherst, MA, October 2007 (Student: Na Wei), and October 2009 (Student: Kay Dunnett)