A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has now developed a hybrid system that produces renewable molecular hydrogen and uses it to synthesize carbon dioxide into methane, the primary constituent of natural gas. The team had already cleared quite a milestone with their hybrid system of […]






BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have crashed through another barrier to commercially viable biofuels with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10. The group’s work builds on results from 2011 in which researchers reported on the first genetically engineered microbe to produce […]






The open access journal GigaScience has presented a virtual package of data for biogas production. The virtual package has been made reusable in a containerized form to allow scientists to better understand the production of biofuels. The biogas topic is the production of methane through the anaerobic digestion (fermentation) of organic matter. The work offered […]






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, […]






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