2013 WISER/Galvin Lecture Series
IIT WISER/ChBE Department Joint Seminar
Wednesday, October 16 | 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Perlstein Hall - Smith Olson Auditorium
10 W. 33rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
"Are Biofuels a 'Fuel's Paradise'?"
Jonathan D. Trent, Ph.D.
OMEGA Project Scientist
Bioengineering Branch, NASA Ames Research Center and
Adjunct Professor, University of California - Santa Cruz
Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
With the limits and liabilities of fossil oil becoming increasingly apparent, the need for a sustainable and environmentally sensitive alternative for liquid fuel is a global imperative. Biofuels are viewed as the alternative of choce, but what feedstocks are suitable, do they scale, and can biofuels be produced without competing with agriculture for water, fertilizer, or land? Pathways to biofuels from cellulose and algae will be presented.
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