SBE Supplement: A Decade of Progress - Biological Engineering and the Emerging Cellulose Ethanol Industry


Advances in developing sustainable sources of biomass, new catalysts, and bioprocessing technologies are moving lignocellulosic biofuels closer to commercial reality.


Author Bios: 

Abigail Engelberth

Abigail S. Engelberth is an Assistant Professor in Agricultural & Biological Engineering and Environmental & Ecological Engineering at Purdue University (Email:  Since joining Purdue in 2011 she has worked to recover valuable co-products from agricultural sources.  Her research focuses on bioseparations principles to identify recovery methods and to optimize for implementation at the biorefinery.  As a member of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering she aims to find sustainable resources for...Read more

Michael Ladisch

Michael R. Ladisch is Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE), and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering with a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

His BS (1973) from Drexel University and MS (1974) and PhD (1977) from Purdue University are in Chemical Engineering. He is continuing his activities with Mascoma Corporation, where he has been a contributor since 2007.

Ladisch’s research addresses transformation of renewable resources into biofuels and bioproducts. He is an author of...Read more

Eduardo Ximenes

Dr. Ximenes is Senior Bioprocess Research Scientist with a special graduate faculty appointment at Purdue University in the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.Read more

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