Research overview


Facilities and equipment

Analytical equipment

Process equipment


LabThe Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory has access to excellent facilities. These include individual faculty laboratories, and a newly renovated 1,600 sq. ft. bioresource laboratory which includes a wide array of analytical equipment, such as HPLCs, and processing equipment such as fermenters and separation apparatuses. In addition, we have a 3,600 sq. ft. pilot facility with many unit operations for converting biomass into fuels, chemical, and products. These facilities provide the capability to carry out fundamental research as well as commercialize new bioprocessing technologies.

A 2.7 liter custom-built steam gun was recently installed in the pilot facility capable of pretreating 0.5 kg batches of biomass at temperatures up to 250°C and 550 psig pressure.

Lisa in hood As a part of the fermentation and enzymology research, we have sterile capabilities and equipment for aseptically growing microbial cells for fermentation as well as culturing novel organisms.






Analytical equipment

GC-MS Shimadzu GC-MS
Shimadzu GC-TCD
FTIR Shimadzu FTIR
CHNS Perkin Elmer elemental analyzer
dionex Dionex ICS-3000 LC
Shimadzu Shimadzu Prominence LC
FQA Fiber Quality Analyzer (FQA)
FKA Fiber Kappa Analyzer (FKA)
Process equipment
Fluidized sand bath Fluidized sand bath
Pyroprobe Pyroprobe
fermenter New Brunswick Scientific BioFlo/Celligen 115 1.3 liter bioreactor
membralox Membralox filtration system
VSEP VSEP Series P-50 filtration system
  Oxygen reactor
  Pulping digestors
Hydropulper Hydropulping reactor
Hydrogenation reactor

Catalytic hydrogenation reactor


Steam gun

2.7 L steam pretreatment reactor

  • Custom built in 2012
  • Dedicated 600psi steam boiler
  • Reactor dimensions: 7.6 cm diameter by 60 cm long = 2.7 L
  • Typically run between 190-215 °C for 2-15 minutes
  • Water jacketed catch tank