Dr. ir. Sylvia Gildemyn

Telephone number: 
+32 92691173
Visiting scientists


Sylvia Gildemyn graduated as Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering, in Environmental Technology, at Ghent University in 2012. She started her PhD as BOF-fellow at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology later that year. Her research focused on microbial electrosynthesis, and the development of a reactor technology platform for electricity-driven bioproduction. During her PhD, Sylvia Gildemyn spent 6 months as visiting scientist at the Angenent lab at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, USA) to work on microbial chain elongation. After obtaining her PhD degree in October 2016, she started as project engineer at OWS nv (Ghent, Belgium), where she currently leads research projects related to microbial CO2-conversions. In July 2017 she obtained an innovation mandate from VLAIO (Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepeneurship), which allows her to valorize research results from her PhD in industry.

Professional experience

2016 – present                 Project Engineer Biogas Consulting and Support, Organic Waste Systems, Gent. Responsible for internal research projects related to gas and organic waste fermentations

2017 – present                 Innovation mandate holder, Post-doctoral grant awarded by VLAIO (Flemish government). Industrial promotor: Jan Smis; Organic Waste Systems, Gent. Scientific promotors: prof. Korneel Rabaey & prof. Ramon Ganigué; Ghent University, Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology



2012 – 2016                      PhD Candidate, Ghent University, Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology. BOF-fellow. Promotor: Prof. Korneel Rabaey. “Technology and tools for bioelectrochemical production of short- and medium-chain carboxylic acids from CO2”.

Oct 2015 – Mar 2016      Visiting Scientist, The Angenent Lab, Cornell University, USA. Advisor: Prof. Lars Angenent

2010 – 2012                      Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering, Environmental Technology, Ghent University. Summa cum laude

Master thesis: “Valorization of biorefinery waste streams using electrochemically assisted anaerobic digestion”. Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology. Promotor: Prof. Korneel Rabaey

2007 – 2010                      Bachelor of Science in Bioscience Engineering, Environmental Technology, Ghent University

Selected key publications: 
Gildemyn, S., Verbeeck, K., Slabbinck, R., Andersen, S.J., Prévoteau A., Rabaey, K. (2015). Integrated production, extraction and concentration of acetic acid from CO2 through microbial electrosynthesis. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 2 (11), 325–328.
Gildemyn, S., Molitor, B., Usack, J., Nguyen, M., Rabaey, K., Angenent, L.T. 2017. Upgrading syngas fermentation effluent using Clostridium kluyveri in a continuous fermentation. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10, 83.
Gildemyn, S., Rozendal, R., Rabaey, K. (2017). A Gibbs free energy based assessment of microbial electrocatalysis. Trends in Biotechnology, 35(5): 393–406.
Patil, S. A., Gildemyn S., Pant D., Zengler K., Logan B. and Rabaey K. (2015). A logical data representation framework for electricity-driven bioproduction processes. Biotechnology Advances, 33(6): 736-744.
Andersen, S.*, Berton, J.K.E.T.*, Naert, P.*, Gildemyn, S., Rabaey, K., Stevens, C. (2016). Extraction and esterification of low-titer short-chain volatile fatty acids from anaerobic fermentation with ionic liquids. ChemSusChem, 9(16): 2059–2063.