Fabian Fischer studied Chemistry at the University of Bern and was then Posdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He worked before his start in 2002 at HES-SO as first assistant in the Biotechnology Center of EPFL.
His research is funded by public and industrial sources and his team is working on:
- Microbial Fuel Cells for power production from biomass which has recently become a key activity. The biofuel cell concept is also been applied to microbial activity sensing permitting to assay metabolic activity of microbes.
- Industrial Biotransformation with isolated enzymes is a way to produce commodity products such as biolubricants, biosurfactants, biopolymers and others. A novel bioreactor is currently under construction in collaboration with the Systems Engineering Department. It offers friction free mixing of soft matter catalyst systems, permitting to save solvent and energy at the same time.
- Smart down-stream processing tools are less expensive to use. They permit in particular to isolate expensive highly diluted therapeutic glycoproteins. The process tools are based on intelligent materials that change their phase, up an external stimulus.
He likes the alpine nature and you may meet him up in the mountains after work.