Thursday, August 7, 2014

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WUOT Interview with Jerry Tuskan on extracting jet fuel from eucalyptus plants

Dr. Tuskan was interviewed by WUOT, listener supported public radio station from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee which aired July 25th. 

The interview discussing the study of extracting jet fuel from eucalyptus plants can be heard at http://wuot.org/post/method-exploring-prehistoric-life-and-making-fuel-plants. (The interview begins around 3:56 into the link.)  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Improving commercial viability of biofuels

Charles Wyman, A University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering professor is one of the authors of a paper recently published in Science that outlines ways companies can commercialize and profit from what was thought to a waste product created when producing biofuels.

Read more at:
http://phys.org/news/2014-07-commerical-viability-biofuels.html#jCp

Monday, June 2, 2014

New UGA research engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel


The promise of affordable transportation fuels from biomass—a sustainable, carbon neutral route to American energy independence—has been left perpetually on hold by the economics of the conversion process. New research from the University of Georgia has overcome this hurdle allowing the direct conversion of switchgrass to fuel.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

A Tipping Point for Lignin


Led by Art Ragauskas, the newly appointed Oak Ridge National Laboratory-University of Tennessee Governor's Chair in Biorefining, a multi-institutional team of researchers offers a new view of an organic polymer often dismissed as a worthless by-product. Their perspective appears in Science magazine as "Lignin Valorization: Improving Lignin Processing in the Biorefinery.

http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/features/2014/a-tipping-point-for-lignin--

Friday, March 7, 2014

Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology

          
Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels. ORNL inventors (from left) Chaitanya Narula, Brian Davison and Martin Keller display the technology with Vertimass chairman William Shopoff.  Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels. ORNL inventors (from left) Chaitanya Narula, Brian Davison and Martin Keller display the technology with Vertimass chairman William Shopoff.  
 
    
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 6, 2014 — Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.

http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/news-releases/2014/vertimass-licenses-ornl-biofuel-to-hydrocarbon-conversion-technology--

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Art Ragauskas Named Fourteenth University of Tennessee Governor's Chair

Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named the fourteenth UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair.

He will serve as Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, based in UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. He will serve in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL and as a member of the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC).

http://tntoday.utk.edu/2014/02/18/bioenergy-expert-named-fourteenth-governors-chair/