Aqueous Biomass Processing Laboratory
What do corn stover, switchgrass, and woody crops have in common? These materials, along with municipal solid waste and other crops, can be converted into biofuels, which are derived from living matter and its biological processes. These waste products are abundant, renewable, and not competitive with food products, but very expensive to process in terms of both money and energy.
The CE-CERT Aqueous Biomass Processing Team is focused on understanding the fundamentals of and developing novel technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals at moderate temperatures in water rich environments.
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CE-CERT Researchers Join the Center for Bioenergy Innovation
In 2018, the Aqueous Biomass Processing research group celebrated its first year as a partner in the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI). As one of four Biological and Environmental Research Centers with the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the CBI’s mission is to overcome critical cost barriers associated with the production of biofuels and other bio-derived products.
As a key part of the CBI team, the Aqueous Biomass Processing research group is focused on improving the deconstruction of biomass through the use of microorganisms, a process called consolidated bioprocessing. The group is currently examining biomass pretreatment and cotreatment as mechanisms of CBI enhancement, and is also identifying and documenting potentially influential factors such as the type of feedstock used. This data will be used by the team in comparative studies to determine which CBP strategies are the most promising for producing both biofuels and other related products.