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Research Focus

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. 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.

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BBL News and publication updates:

12/24/15: New publication

Vera, R. M., Bura, R., & Gustafson, R. (2015). Synergistic effects of mixing hybrid poplar and wheat straw biomass for bioconversion processes.Biotechnology for Biofuels8(1), 1.

9/30/15: New publication

Jan, O., Marchand, R., Anjos, L. C., Seufitelli, G. V., Nikolla, E., & Resende, F. L. (2015). Hydropyrolysis of Lignin Using Pd/HZSM-5Energy & Fuels29(3), 1793-1800.

9/8/15: Advanced Hardwood Biofuels meeting in Seattle

Collaborators from AHB met at the Center for Urban Horticulture at UW for 3 days of tours, presentations and discussion.

9/14/14: TAPPI PEERS and IBBC conferences in Tacoma WA.

Erik Budsberg, Rodrigo Morales, Mandana Ehsanipour and Chang Dou gave oral presentations. Rick Gustafson was the keynote speaker with a talk entitled "Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) – A multidisciplinary program to produce sustainable biofuels and bio-based chemicals from woody biomass".

9/10/14: Advanced Hardwood Biofuels (AHB) annual meeting, University of California Davis, Davis CA.

Six BBL group members travelled to the meeting and reported on progress on utilizing hybrid poplar as a feedstock for biofuels.

8/16/14: New publication

Luo, G., & Resende, F. L. P. (2014). Fast pyrolysis of beetle-killed trees. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. doi:10.1016/j.jaap.2014.08.010

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