DOE funds lignocellulose research center

By | June 03, 2009
The U.S. DOE plans to invest $21 million over the next five years into investigations of the physical structure of lignocellulose in plant cells. The agency is providing funding via the establishment of a new Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation at the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center located at Pennsylvania State University.

Biology professor Daniel Cosgrove will serve as director of the center and will lead efforts to increase understanding of the physical structure of biopolymers in plant cell walls and improve methods for converting plant biomass into fuel.

DOE funding for the center is being provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.