Biomass Based Products
Simply, earth’s living organisms are biomass. Biomass is organic material that stores sunlight in the form of chemical energy. In the effort to become less dependent on fossil fuel, secure energy resources, and protect the environment, there’s a growing global market for renewable and sustainable products from biomass, commonly referred to as bio-based products. Examples include biofuels, biochemicals, and natural fiber composites and bioplastics.
Our research program is directed at exploring the fundamental principles of catalytic and biocatalytic conversion of biomass to biofuels, biochemicals and materials. Topics include bioenergy and biofuels (Ragauskas, Trinh, Dalhaimer), green chemistry (Ragauskas, Laursen, Trinh, Dalhaimer) and design of (bio)catalysts (Laursen, Trinh).
Siris Laursen Receives 2018 NSF CAREER Award
Associate Professor Siris Laursen was selected by the National Science Foundation as a 2018 recipient of its prestigious CAREER award.
Spinning Biomass into Gold
UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair Art Ragauskas and other researchers are exploring ways to generate a profit from lignin, which is currently regarded as waste.
- Single Mutation at a Highly Conserved Region of Chloramphenicol Acetyltransferase Enables Isobutyl Acetate Production Directly from Cellulose by Clostridium Thermocellum at Elevated Temperatures
- Characterization of Fractional Cuts of Co-Solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation Lignin Isolated by Sequential Precipitation