UW Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory



The Biofuels and bioproducts laboratory (BBL) research group is a key member of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest research program. The video below describes the tremendous progress made on the production of fuels and chemicals from hybrid poplar over the course of this 5 year multidisciplinary project.

BBL researchers at the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels meeting in September, 2015

BBL researchers at the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels meeting in September, 2015

Research areas

The Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory is interested in all aspects of the bioconversion of lignocellulosic material to biofuels and bioproducts. This includes a number of research areas:

1. Thermochemical fractionation of biomass to polymers, enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation to biochemicals (Prof. Bura)

2. Thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals; catalytic conversion of products (Prof. Resende)

3. Technoeconomic analysis and life cycle assessment of bioconversion processes; process control (Prof. Gustafson)

4. Synthesis of nanomaterials from biomass; characterization of biomaterials and their applications in multifunctional composites and environmental remediation (Prof. Dichiara)

5. Membrane separations and catalytic conversion of sugars to fuels and chemicals (Prof. McKean)

We work with many types of biomass, from wood waste to agricultural residues (wheat straw, sugarcane bagasse) to energy crops (Giant reed, Arundo donax). By utilizing plant biomass that is either of low value for other products or can be grown on marginal land with minimal energy inputs, we can ensure that the biofuels and bioproducts produced are sustainable both environmentally and economically.