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/

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Art Ragauskas Winner of 2014 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award




 
Art Ragauskas has been named the recipient of TAPPI's 2014 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award. The award, the highest honor that the Association can bestow upon an individual, will be presented to Dr. Ragauskas at the 2014 PaperCon Conference Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Ragauskas is Professor, BioEnergy Science Center, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute of Paper Science and Technology, at Georgia Institute of Technology. He held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI. He is the recipient of the 2014 ACS Affordable Green Chemistry award. His multifaceted research program at Georgia Tech is seeking to understand and exploit innovative sustainable bioresources to develop new and improved applications for renewable biopolymers for biofuels, biopower, and bio-based materials and chemicals.

Ragauskas is an Associate Editor on several major industry journals including Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Industrial Biotechnology, and TAPPI Journal and also serves on several advisory boards and review panels including National Science Academy, USDA, DOE and the TAPPI Research Management Committee. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and H. B.Sc. from University of Western Ontario.

Friday, November 1, 2013

36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals - Abstract submissions due November 17th 2013


This year's 36th Symposium will be held April 28 - May 1, 2014 in Clearwater Beach, Florida, hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  
Abstract submissions for the 36th Symposium will be accepted until Sunday, November 17.
 
Submit abstracts online at: http://sim.confex.com/sim/36th/cfp.cgi

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bioenergy Day at the University of Georgia

Bioenergy Day at the University of Georgia


http://bioenergy.ovpr.uga.edu/bioenergy-day-uga/

Experience firsthand how wood and other organic materials generate energy through interactive exhibits developed by staff from the Bioenergy Science Center (BESC) in collaboration with the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS).

“Farming for Fuels” exhibits and lesson plans teach basic concepts such as the carbon cycle, how woody biomass, such as trees and grasses, can produce biofuels, and the technical and economic obstacles to a bio-based fuel economy.

A tractor-trailer scale mobile wood gasifier turns woody biomass into electricity on a small scale – on the spot. The mobile biomass gasifier comes to UGA as the final stop on a “whistle stop tour” across the Southeast.

UGA faculty and students will be on hand to guide visitors, including over 200 seventh grade students from Hilsman Middle School in Athens, through the activities.

PARTNERS:

Bioenergy Systems Research Institute (BSRI)
BioEnergy Science Center (BESC)
Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS)
Office of Service-Learning

More information: Contact youyou@uga.edu; 706/542-3430

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Liao wins ENI Award for Renewable Energy Research

James C. Liao, UCLA's Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor and chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named co-winner of the 2013 Eni Prize for renewable energy research.
The honor, to be presented at the presidential Palace in Rome on June 27, is given by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in Milan. Liao shares the 2013 renewable energy award with Frances Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The foundation awarded separate prizes to five other researchers.JamesLiao2013
Liao was recognized for his work in synthesizing isobutanol and other higher alcohols as biofuels. Liao also has developed a way to turn electricity into liquid fuel. His breakthroughs have potential for use in numerous industrial and energy applications.