An Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) team of scientists used the Titan supercomputer to model the interaction of lignin and hemicellulose of a plant cell wall. The team is working to further the commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol. The team is concluding that hydrophobic, or water repelling lignin binds less with hydrophilic, or water attracting […]






Researchers have uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism. Ting Lu, an assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign led the team in providing new insights for advanced biofuel development. Lu explained, “This work advances our fundamental understanding of the complex, […]






A Boston College team of researchers has achieved the first ‘unassisted’ solar water splitting using the abundant rust-like mineral hematite and silicon to capture and store solar energy into hydrogen gas. So far finding an efficient solar water splitting method to mine electron-rich hydrogen for clean power has been thwarted by the poor performance of […]






Researchers at the University of Twente, the Netherlands (UT), aim to build a self-regulating, mobile pilot plant for the pyrolysis of paper sludge. Paper sludge, the largest waste stream, is a nasty waste stream from paper factories made of organic molecules that are not useful and minerals. Gerrit Brem, professor in Energy Technology at the […]






Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists working with Mascoma LLC 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 […]






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