Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The University of Tennessee's Institute of Agriculture dedicated its new Center for Renewable Carbon Friday, Feb. 4, at the Ag campus. The center features the new Bioenergy Science & Technology Laboratory, which will accommodate faculty and industry initiatives toward cellulosic-derived fuel.  Tim Rials directs the new center, which represents an expansion of UT's forest products center. The new center complements ORNL's BioEnergy Research Center in working to solve fundamental questions on how to economically derive alcohol for fuel from woody products, as well as processing lignin and cellulose byproducts for industrial uses. Present at the center's ribbon cutting were Energy & Environmental Sciences ALD Martin Keller, BESC Director Paul Gilna and the Biosciences Division's Jonathan Mielenz. Also attending was Biosciences' Madhavi Martin, who has installed one of her laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy instruments in UT's new center.

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