Research

The BSE program focuses on the production of fuel, chemicals and fiber products from biomass, and our research covers a broad range of subjects and approaches. We strive to gain a better understanding of not only the unit processes of bioconversion of lignocellulosics, but also the bigger picture, from techno-economic analyses to determine economic feasibility, to life-cycle analyses of the entire set of processes to ensure the sustainability of the system.

Learn more about research in the Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory 

Current research areas include, but are not limited to:

  • High-speed chemical analysis of biomass
  • Use of natural non-wood products to make paper and other bio-products
  • Bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol
  • Biofuel and bioenergy options from wood
  • Surface and colloid science in bioprocessing
  • Fiber composites
  • Sensor development for biorefineries
  • Fiber production from agriculture residues
  • Bioconversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals
  • Life-cycle assessment of biofuel systems
  • Thermal conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals
  • Supercritical processes in biorefineries