A University of Utah team of chemical engineers have developed a new kind of jet mixer for creating biomass from algae that extracts the lipids from the watery plants with much less energy than the older extraction method. This key discovery now puts this form of energy closer to becoming a viable, cost-effective alternative fuel. […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have shown that a recently-discovered variety of lignin called catechyl lignin (C-lignin) has attributes that could make it well-suited as the starting point for a range of bioproducts. Lignin makes up about a quarter of plant biomass and is the most abundant source of renewable aromatics on Earth. Aromatics are materials […]

KU Leuven, Belgium bioscience engineers have developed a roadmap, so to speak, for industrial cellulose gasoline. The bioscience engineers already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. In 2014, at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, the researchers succeeded in converting sawdust into building blocks for […]

Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne chemists have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels, chemicals, and other materials. Producing fuels and chemicals from biomass (wood, grasses, etc.) is one of the most promising solutions for building a renewable economy. The process involves […]

University of Kent biologists have developed a new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of biotechnical applications including the production of biofuels and vaccines. The researchers have creating an improved system to allow for the synthesis of nano-reactors within cells that can be used to help convert sugar into fuel. […]

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