Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced two of its scientists, Yongchao Li and Yunfeng Yang of ORNL collaborating with a team led by James Liao of the University of California at Los Angeles has for the first time produced isobutanol directly from cellulose.  This achievement has been for years a prime national goal, as it […]

This week two new algae process paths made it out into view. One deals with algae directly producing butanol and the other is a growth process for algae that exploits an already concentrated algae growth medium with innovative processing. First and simplest, and likely most easily adoptable is from a team of chemical engineers at […]

Keerthi Venkataramanan, a student in University of Alabama Huntsville’s biotechnology PhD program has found a strain of bacteria deep in the soil and is studying its ability to convert waste from biodiesel fuel into several useful materials, including another alternative fuel. Venkataramanan is developing biological tools to make products from crude glycerol – the main […]

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded James C. Liao, Chancellor’s Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, $4 million over three years to develop a method for converting carbon dioxide into the liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity. Liao’s grant was […]

UCLA researchers at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide in a set of steps to produce the liquid fuel isobutanol.  Isobutanol is a form of the alcohol butanol, a favorite for many in a transition away from fossil fuels as butanol based products […]

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