BIObytes

By | September 23, 2010
Three universities received grants from the National Science Foundation this summer to further their research into cellulosic technologies.

Two North Dakota State University professors received $309,357 and will conduct their research in collaboration with a professor at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., who has been awarded $200,978. The objective of the group's research is to enhance the conversion of cellulosic biomass into fermentable glucose to convert into ethanol or other chemicals or fuels.

Researchers at North Carolina State University received a $500,000 grant aimed at finding an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly method for breaking down lignin feedstock. The aim is to develop the science for catalytically transforming lignin by using liquid CO2, creating an economically viable resource for the petrochemical industry.