Way Cern Khor

In memory of Way Cern Khor

With great sadness, we inform you that Way Cern Khor, recently graduated as PhD at our faculty and at present a postdoctoral collaborator at​ CMET, has unexpectedly died while on leave in France. During a swimming trip in a lake with his partner, Way experienced difficulties and disappeared below the water only to be found by the emergency services when help was no longer possible. Way was very charming, always friendly and enthusiastic colleague. His death has been a major blow to us. We express our deepest sympathies to his partner and his family.

With saddest regards,
the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology team

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Postdoctoral staff


  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours), Newcastle University (2009-2012)
  • PhD of Applied Biological Science, Ghent University (2013-2017)
  • Postdoctoral collaborator (2017)

Research interests: 

  • biomass pretreatment
  • develop efficient reactor/digester for chemical/energy production
  • extraction of product
  • investigate the feasibility of the process pipeline and possibility of commercialization
Selected key publications: 
Khor, W. C., Rabaey, K., & Vervaeren, H. (2015). Low temperature calcium hydroxide treatment enhances anaerobic methane production from (extruded) biomass. Bioresource Technology, 176, 181-188.
Khor, W. C., Roume, H., Coma, M., Vervaeren, H., Rabaey, K. (2016) Acetate accumulation enhances mixed culture fermentation of biomass to lactic acid. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 1-12.
Andersen, S. J., Candry, P., Basadre, T., Khor, W. C., Roume, H., Hernandez-Sanabria, E., Coma, M., Rabaey, K. (2015). Electrolytic extraction drives volatile fatty acid chain elongation through lactic acid and replaces chemical pH control in thin stillage fermentation. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 8(1), 1-14.
Khor, W.C., Andersen, S. J., Vervaeren, H., & Rabaey, K. (2017) Electricity-assisted production of caproic acid from grass. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10(1),180.