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 […]

A University of Michigan research team has joined the forces of a fungus and E. coli bacteria to turn tough waste plant material into isobutanol, a biofuel that closely matches gasoline’s properties in a combined species process.  The research team members said the principle also could be used to produce other valuable chemicals such as […]

Duncan Wass explained a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with the substantially better biofuel additive called butanol at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. In view of some experts regarding butanol as “the gasoline of the future” the report on this discovery holds […]

Renewable alternatives to gasoline like heavy alcohols such as isobutanol are promising candidates that are getting closer to your gas tank. The heavier alcohols have more carbon atoms than ethanol with two and methanol with just one.  They contain more energy than ethanol, but they are also more compatible with the existing gasoline-based infrastructure.  The […]

A new discovery at the University of Illinois should make the alternative fuel butanol more attractive to the biofuel industry.  Scientist Hao Feng has found a way to significantly reduce the cost of the energy involved and a way around a bottleneck that has frustrated producers in the past. Feng explains, “The first challenge in […]

keep looking »