Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BESC, Mascoma develop revolutionary microbe for biofuel production

Biofuels pioneer Mascoma LLC and the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center
have developed a revolutionary strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter.

The approach could provide a pathway to eventual expansion of biofuels production beyond the current output limited to ethanol derived from corn.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Olivia Thompson - First-generation college student helps fuel development of biomass

Recent college graduate Olivia Thompson studied biofuels at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Volkswagen Distinguished Scholar, where she took part in a national initiative to increase the sustainability and fuel yield of biomass production.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

James Liao of UCLA elected member of the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. James (Jim) C. Liao  has been elected as a new member in the National Academy
of Sciences. 

Dr. Liao is the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor of Chemical Engineering in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California – Los Angeles
Dr. Liao’s science focuses on:
  • developing the biological production of the liquid fuel isobutanol while simultaneously consuming carbon dioxide.
  • developing different methods to create liquid fuels from electricity and from waste proteins; as well as identifying a more efficient way to convert sugars into fuels.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New ORNL, N.C. State, LanzaTech DNA dataset is potent, accessible tool

Scientists focused on producing biofuels more efficiently have a new powerful dataset to help them study the DNA of microbes that fuel bioconversion and other processes.

In a paper published in Nature Scientific Data, researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, North Carolina State University and LanzaTech describe methods and results for sequencing the Clostridium autoethanogenum bacterium. These and other microorganisms play important roles in biofuels, agriculture, food production, the environment, health and disease.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

UGA Researchers create fast-growing trees that are easier to turn into fuel

Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth.


Friday, March 13, 2015

NCSU discover unique proteins found in heat-loving organisms bind well to plant matter

Unique proteins newly discovered in heat-loving bacteria are more than capable of attaching themselves to plant cellulose, possibly paving the way for more efficient methods of converting plant matter into biofuels.

The unusual proteins, called tapirins (derived from the Maori verb ‘to join’), bind tightly to cellulose, a key structural component of plant cell walls, enabling these bacteria to break down cellulose. The conversion of cellulose to liquid biofuels, such as ethanol, is paramount to the use of renewable feedstocks.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dr. Wellington Muchero - Exploring poplar genes for biofuel production

Watch Dr. Wellington Muchero describe genetic variations in Populus trees on the ORNL You Tube channel.

Read "Sugar and Splice" ORNL News Feature on the identify of genes best suited for producing biofuel from poplar trees planted in different environments.