Microbial Conversion of Methane to Electricity

May 22, 2017
Researchers at Penn State have engineered a strain of bacteria that is the key to converting methane to electricity. The researchers' goal was to eliminate the need to transport...

Biofuels: Metrics and Challenges

Archived Webinar
Aug 22, 2012
Learn about the critical economic, environmental and social issues that will impact a biofuels project along with the technical programs that could enhance a particular project.

Microbial-Electrocatalytic Biofuel Production

Archived Webinar
Feb 23, 2012
Dr Singer and his lab are developing an integrated Microbial-ElectroCatalytic (MEC) system to produce advanced biofuels from H2/CO2. We have engineered Ralstonia eutropha, an aerobic chemolithoautotroph, to produce biofuel products by manipulating the polyhydroxybutyrate, fatty acid and isoprenoid...

From Biomass to Biofuels: Breaking the Cellulose Barrier

Archived Webinar
Oct 5, 2011
Cellulases are of considerable current interest for converting the cellulosic content of biomass to fermentable sugars for biofuels production. To facilitate the enzymatic conversion of biomass to sugars, pre-treatment processes at high temperatures, low pH, and even in ionic liquids are candidates...

Providing Energy to a Growing World: Bio-Gasoline and High-Efficiency Engines

Archived Webinar
Jun 9, 2011
Dr. Holtzapple describes the challenges of providing energy to a growing world. To address energy needs, he shows how the MixAlco process converts waste biomass into bio-gasoline. Further, he explains how to reduce the need for gasoline by using a high-efficiency StarRotor engine.

Biological Synthesis of Fuels and Chemicals

Archived Webinar
Jul 22, 2010
Global energy and climate problems have stimulated increased efforts in synthesizing fuels and chemicals from renewable resources. Compared to the traditional biofuel, ethanol, higher alcohols offer advantages as gasoline substitutes because of their higher energy density and lower hygroscopicity...

Biomass/Bioenergy Patent Landscape: Past, Present & Future

Archived Webinar
May 17, 2010
Barry J. Schindler, Esq., of Greenberg Traurig LLP's Patent Prosecution Group, addresses Intellectual Properties Issues for chemical engineers engaged in the business of biomass. This webcast is part of the Metro NY Section's 'Biomass as a Feedstock' Miniconference presented on May 17, 2010. This...

Inventing the Biofuel Future – We Can Have Biomass for Fuel and Eat it Too

Archived Webinar
Oct 22, 2009
Surrounded by a world filled with the fruits of innovation and invention, pessimists generally forget or ignore the role these forces are likely to play in the developing biofuel industry. For example, they cannot seem to imagine how economic profitability and environmental improvement can be...

Designing Efficient Metabolic Networks for Biofuels Production

Archived Webinar
Jun 25, 2009
Biotechnological processes depend to a large extent on the productivity of the organisms used. Recent advances in systems biology and bioinformatics have made it possible to rigorously analyze the functioning of complex metabolic networks using first principles. Such analysis provides a valuable...

Grand Challenges in Sustainable Biofuels Production

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2009
It is now clear that, for many reasons, corn has serious limitations as feedstock for biofuel production. While cellulosic biomass can potentially provide a sizable fraction of the US liquid fuel needs for transportation, current technologies must be further improved to realize cost-competitive...

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015
This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

Bio-Energy Boom Creating ChE Jobs in New Mexico

January 30, 2012
Located in the heart of the revitalized oil-rich Permian Basin , just five miles from west Texas, dusty and dry Hobbs, New Mexico, has always been considered the "Oil Capitol of...

Advances in Algal Biorefineries II [On Location]

October 19, 2011
Algae and plant oils have shown great promise towards answering the energy density question, but I am reminded of a 3-step business plan that I encountered in school: Step 1 –...

Cellular-Based Systems for Producing Alcohol

March 16, 2012
The current method for producing alcohol biofuels, in particular butanol, is through metabolic cellular processes. Clostridia species are used to produce butanol, but they are not...

Is There a "Magic" Biomass Crop?

April 7, 2014
Dr. Shijie Liu of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry presented a thoughtful overview of the biofuels evaluation protocol that was...

Startup Hits Bio-Crude Production Milestone

November 27, 2012
After hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital funding and stock market IPOs, second-generation biofuels still hadn't moved beyond small pilot plants, despite rosy...

Advances in Biofuel Technologies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
Papers on biodiesel production advances. Please Note : Advances in Biofuel Technologies -- Spring Meeting 2009 includes the following recorded...

Scientific Design's Integrated Ethanol to EO/ EG Process

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 9, 2014
There has been a renewed interest lately in non-petroleum derived feed stocks for many chemical processes. Among the fermentation-derived feed stocks...


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