Course Title Petroleum Microbiology
Course Level 400
Credit Unit 2
  • Introduction to Petroleum Microbiology 

  • Formation of petroleum hydrocarbons  

  • Microorganisms oxidizing hydrocarbons 

  • Factors affecting hydrocarbon degradation 

  • Hydrocarbon degradation: Non-biological          


  • Metabolic pathways for degradation of alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes              



Alkenes and Alkynes                          

  • Biodegradation of aromatic hydrocarbons            

  • Microbial processes developed for             

Production of single-cell proteins from hydrocarbons       

Recovering and upgrading petroleum                

Microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR)              

Microbial demulsification                   

Microbial desulphurization 

  • Microbial decomposition of petroleum and petroleum products in the environment

Metabolic routes 

Bioremediation technologies