Novel Bacterial Lignin Deconstruction Genes

February 23, 2016
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One major challenge in the bioconversion of plant biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is the deconstruction of lignin, which is tightly bound to cellulose and hemicellulose in plant cell walls. Most research on lignin degradation is focused on fungi. Limited efforts have been made on bacterial capacity to degrade lignin or lignocellulose. Dr. Babu Read More

A Low-Cost Mobile Power Generation Unit from Carbonaceous Feedstocks

November 18, 2015
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There is an increasing demand for low cost, small-scale, portable power generation units that utilize local carbonaceous feedstocks. According to Dr. Ajay Kumar, Associate Professor in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), Oklahoma State University (OSU), these mobile units could be deployed in remote or energy deficit locales in the U.S. and overseas, utilizing local biomass Read More

Kumar Awarded USDA-NIFA Grant to Develop GBTL Technology for Liquid Hydrocarbon Production

September 3, 2015
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Dr. Ajay Kumar, Associate Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, OK, received a USDA-NIFA Center Award through the South Central Sun Grant Program to conduct a study on “Hydrocarbon Fuels, Chemicals and Intermediates from a Novel Biomass Pyrolysis Technology”. Dr. Kumar collaborates with two other professors from OSU, Drs. Allen Read More