Art Ragauskas on Team Investigating Lignin Conversion to Biodiesel Fuel

Art Ragauskas

March 14, 2013 - IPST Professor Art Ragauskas of Georgia Tech’s School of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been named to a multi-university team conducting a two-year research project that is aimed at engineering a microbe to break lignin down into a lipid, or fat, and then into biodiesel.

According to a recent article in Biodiesel magazine, the research has the potential to make cellulosic ethanol refineries more profitable, while providing new feedstock for biodiesel production growth.

The $2.4 million project recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy is headed by Joshua Yuan, a Texas A&M University AgriLife Research plant pathologist. The team includes scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia and Washington State University.

To see the entire Biodiesel article, click on this link: Texas researcher looks into biodiesel production from lignin

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SOURCE: Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST)