OSU’S BioPEC Hosts Third Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

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Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) at Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, OK hosts the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program titled “Interdisciplinary Sustainable Biobased Products and Energy” for nine weeks from May 31 to July 29, 2016. Bioenergy REU is a summer research program funded by the National Science Foundation. Led by Dr. Gopal Read More

Sway Pradhan’s “Fungi and Bacteria for Biofuels: Helps or Hurts?” Wins First Place in 3-Minute Challenge

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On April 14, 2016, Sway Pradhan, a Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Babu Fathepure, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Oklahoma State University (OSU), won First Place in OSU’s Graduate College’s First President’s Fellow’s Grand Three Minute Challenge. As background, plant biomass is the most abundant source of raw material for the Read More

Novel Bacterial Lignin Deconstruction Genes

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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

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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

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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

Multi-scale Fouling Characterization for Sweet Sorghum during Bioethanol Development

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Dr. Rob Whiteley, Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and John Hendrix Chair of Engineering at Oklahoma State University, received a DOT-RITA Center Award in 2013 through the South Central Sun Grant Program to conduct the study titled, “Multi-scale Fouling Characterization of Fermented/Hydrolyzed Sweet Sorghum.” Dr. Whiteley conducted the study to better understand the Read More

Wilkins’ Collaborates with PFI Germany on TrickleZyme Project for his Sabbatical

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Mark Wilkins, Associate Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department, Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, OK, collaborated with Prüf-und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V. (PFI Biotechnology) in Germany and other OSU researchers on the TrickleZyme Project. The project is focused on optimizing continuous enzyme production in a trickle bed reactor. Wilkins, who will be on sabbatical this Read More

Open World Program Delegates Visit BioPEC

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The Open World Program facilitates Russian and Eurasian elected officials as well as emerging civic leaders to observe the American democratic system firsthand. The program through Tulsa Global Alliance brought five participants from Ukraine, accompanied by a facilitator and an interpreter, to learn about our bioenergy program and the Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) Read More

Summer 2015 NSF-REU Program at OSU

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Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK hosts the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program from May 26 to July 24, 2015. Led by Dr. Gopal Kakani, Associate Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, this is the second summer that OSU REU will provide research training for ten students from Read More