2015 Projects

State Funded

Scale-up OSU’s Downdraft Gasifier for Commercial Applications
Principle Investigators: Ajay Kumar and Ray Huhnke
Funding Agency: OSU Center for Innovation and Economic Development

2014 Projects

State Funded

Acquisition of a CiBUS Forage Plot Harvester
Principle Investigators: Yanqi Wu, Gopal  Kakani, Million Tadege, Danielle Bellmer, Mark Wilkins, Gail Wilson, Ramanjulu Sunkar, Ramamurthy  Mahalingam,  Francis Epplin, and Stephen Marek
Funding Agency: Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station
 
Establishing Critical Infrastructure for Fundamental Research in Biomass Pyrolysis
Principle Investigators: Ajay Kumar and Ray Huhnke
Funding Agency: Oklahoma EPSCoR NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement

Feedback Control of Gas Supply for Ethanol Production via Syngas Fermentation
Principle Investigators: Hasan Atiyeh, John Phillips, and Ray Huhnke
Funding Agency: OSU-Technology and Business Development Program (TBDP)

Methods to Improve Syngas Fermentation
Principle Investigators: Hasan Atiyeh, John Philips, and Ray Huhnke
Funding Agency: OSU-Technology and Business Development Program (TBDP)
 
Scale-up OSU’s Downdraft Gasifier for Commercial Applications
Principle Investigators: Ajay Kumar and Ray Huhnke
Funding Agency: OSU-Technology and Business Development Program (TBDP)

 

Federally Funded

Center for Interfacial and Reaction Engineering
Principle Investigators: Daniel Resasco, Clint Aichele, Jeff White, Jeff Harwell, Steven Crossley
Funding Agency: Department of Energy
 
Development of Sustainable Hybrid Gassification-Syngas Fermentation Process for Alcohol Production
Principle Investigators: Hasan Atiyeh, Ajay Kumar, and Mark Wilkins
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Feedback Control of Gas Supply for Alcohol Production via Syngas Fermentation
Principle Investigators: Hasan Atiyeh
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Geographic Potential and Environmental Sustainability of Bioenergy Production in Oklahoma
Principle Investigators: Gopal Kakani, Tyson Ochsner, and Jason Warren
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Investigating Fungal Degradation of Switchgrass in a Controlled Storage Environment
Principle Investigators: Mark Wilkins, Danielle Carrier, Michael Buser, Stephen Marek
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA- South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Molecular Dissection of the STENOFOLIA Transcriptional Network Controlling Leaf Blade Outgrowth in Medicago truncatula
Principle Investigators: Million Tadege
Funding Agency: NSF
 

2013 Projects

State Funded

Development of Novel High-value Bio-based Nanocomposites
Principle Investigators:  Ajay Kumar and Sandeep Harimkar
Funding Agency: OSU Technology and Business Development Program (TBDP)
 
Evaluation of Oklahoma Native Algae Strains for Bioproduct Manufacturing
Principle Investigators:  Nurhan Dunford
Funding Agency: Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)
 
Novel Biocatalytic Approach for Upgrading of Pyrolysis Oil to Fuels and Chemicals
Principle Investigators:  Hasan Atiyeh, Ajay Kumar, and Clint Aichele
Funding Agency: Oklahoma EPSCoR NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement

 

Federally Funded

Biomass-based Energy Research
Principle Investigators:  Ray Huhnke, Hasan Atiyeh, Danielle Bellmer, Ajay Kumar, Randy Lewis, Eugene Columbus, Ralph Tanner, Mark Wilkins, Francis Epplin and Yanqi Wu
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA
 
Conversion of Eastern Red Cedar to Butanol Using a Novel Biocatlytic Process
Principle Investigators:  Hasan Atiyeh and Mark Wilkins
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program

Decreasing Severity of Switchgrass Pretreatment through Biological Pretreatment
Principle Investigators:  Mark Wilkins, D. Julie Carrier, Michael Buser, Stephen Marek
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA- Sun Grant Program
 
Decreasing Severity of Switchgrass Pretreatment Through Wet Storage and Biological pretreatment
Principle Investigators:  Mark Wilkins, Michael Buser, D. Julie Carrier
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA- Sun Grant Program
 
Developing a Cost-Effective Technology for Conditioning Biomass-Generated Syngas with In-Situ Bed of Biochar-based Catalysts
Principle Investigators:  Ajay Kumar, Krushna Patil, and Scott Frazier
Funding Agency:  DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Development of Safflower as a New Biomass Energy Crop for the Lower Great Plains
Principle Investigators:  Dick Auld, Calvin Trostle, Travis Miller, Jason Warren
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Development of Sorghum Mutant Population for Biomass Feedstock Functional Genomics Research in C4 grasses.
Principle Investigators:  Million Tadege
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA-AFRI
 
Identifying Functional Biomarkers for Tillering Trait in Switchgrass
Principle Investigators:  Ramamurthy Mahalingam
Funding Agency: NSF, EPSCOR, REU  (Note: Summer 2012)
 
Identification of Lignin Degrading Genes in Switchgrass
Principle Investigators Ramamurthy Mahalingam
Funding Agency: NSF, EPSCOR, REU

Improving Conversion of Syngas to Biofuels Via Direct Monitoring and Control of CO/H2 in Bioreactors
Principle Investigators Hasan Atiyeh and Ning Wang
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Increasing Water Yield and Quality Through an Integrated Woody and Herbaceous Biofuel Feedstock Production System
Principle Investigators Rodney Will, Christ Zou, Gopal Kakani, David Engle, Ray Huhnke, Daniel Storm, Garey Fox, Chad Penn
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA
 
Multi-Scale Fouling Characterization of Fermented/Hydrolyzed Sweet Sorghum
Principle Investigators James Whiteley and Joshua Ramsey
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
REU Site: Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Biobased Products & Energy Development
Principle Investigators Gopal Kakani, Sarah Lancaster, Raymond Huhnke, Ramamurthy Mahalingam, Ramanjulu Sunkar, Hasan Atiyeh, Danielle Bellmer, Nurhan Dunford, Scott Frazier, Carol Jones, Ajay Kumar, Yanqi Wu, and Babu Fathepure
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
 
Simultaneous Starch and Cellulose Hydrolysis for Whole Stalk Processing of Sweet Sorghum
Principle Investigators Danielle Bellmer, Gopal Kakani, and Hasan Atiyeh
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program
 

2012 Projects

State Funded

Biology and Engineering for a Sustainable Tomorrow
Principle Investigators Danielle Bellmer, Greg Wilber, Gopal Kakani, Janita Cormell, and Cathy Evans
Funding Agency: Oklahoma State Regents Summer Camps
 
Building a Center for Integrated Renewable Energy Systems
Principle Investigators:  Rama Ramakumar and Ajay Kumar
Funding Agency: OSU Planning Grant for Establishing Interdisciplinary Programs
 
Center for Integrated Renewable Energy Systems. Planning Grants for Establishing Interdisciplinary Programs at Oklahoma State University
Principle Investigators Rama Ramakumar, Hasan Atiyeh, Satish Bukkapatnam, Eric Chan-Tin, Qi Cheng, William Kolarik, Ajay Kumar, Karen Maguire, and Toby Nelson
Funding Agency: OSU-Planning Grants for Establishing Interdisciplinary Programs
 
Exploring the Conversion of Glycerin to Biofuels Using Steam Reforming and Bioconversion Techniques
Principle Investigators Hasan Atiyeh and Susan Stagg-Williams
Funding Agency: OSU Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Program
 
Identification and Characterization of the Top 10 Biomass Feedstocks in Oklahoma and Texas for Sustainable Production of Fuels, Chemicals and Power
Principle Investigators Ajay Kumar
Funding Agency: OSU Big 12 Fellowship Program
 
Novel Biocatalytic Conversion Process for Enhanced Butanol Production
Principle Investigators Hasan Atiyeh and Mark Wilkins
Funding Agency: OSU- Technology and Business Development Program (TBDP)

Process Development for Drop-in Fuel Production from Producer Gas by Clostridium carboxidivorans
Principle Investigators:  Hasan Atiyeh and Mark Wilkins
Funding Agency:  Oklahoma EPSCoR NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement

 

Federally-Funded

Biochar for Conditioning Biomass-Generated Syngas
Principle InvestigatorsAjay Kumar
Funding Agency: NSF-EPSCoR
 
Discovery of Novel Lignin-Degrading Genes in Bacteria Using Metagenomic and Proteomic Approach for Enhanced Saccharification of Plant Biomass
Principle Investigators Babu Fathepure, Patricia Canaan, Rolfe Prade
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA-South Central Sun Grant Program

Identifying Functional Biomarkers for Tillering Trait in Switchgrass
Principle Investigators Ramamurthy Mahalingam
Funding Agency: NSF, EPSCOR, REU (Note: Summer 2012)

Sweet Sorghum Processing Options in a Dual Feedstock Bioenergy System
Principle Investigators:  Danielle Bellmer, Gopal Kakani, and Hasan Atiyeh
Funding Agency:  United Sorghum Checkoff Program

Torrefaction and Densification of Switchgrass to Improve Syngas Quality and Transportation Logistics
Principle Investigators:  Ajay Kumar, Jaya Tumuluru, Krushna Patil, and Danielle Bellmer
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA South Central Sun Grant Program

Other Sources

Bench-scale Study of Biomass Steam Reforming
Principle Investigators Ajay Kumar
Funding Agency: Rentech Inc.

2011 Projects

State Funded

Bioethanol Dewatering Demonstration and Research Facility
Principle Investigators James Whiteley and Danielle Bellmer
Funding Agency: Oklahoma Bioenergy Center
 
Building Oklahoma’s Leadership Role in Cellulosic Bioenergy
Principle Investigators:  James Wickstead, Ray Huhnke, Ajay Kumar, Danielle Bellmer, Mostafa Elshahed, Ray Huhnke, Mali Mahalingam, Stephen Marek, Krushna Patil, Tim Samuels, Ramanjulu Sunkar, Million Tadege, Yanqi Wu
Funding Agency: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for NSF EPSCoR
 
Functional Genomics of Biomass Feedstock Development
Principle Investigators:  James Wickstead and Million Tadege
Funding Agency: Oklahoma NSF-EPSCoR
 
The Molecular Basis of Leaf Lamina Development in Medicago truncatula
Principle Investigators:  Million Tadege
Funding AgencyOklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)
 

Federally-Funded

Alternative Crops and Biofuel Production
Principle Investigators:  Phil Kenkel, Rodney Holcomb
Funding Agency: DOE
 
Assessing and Predicting Switchgrass and High Biomass Sorghum Yields ad Economic Viability
Principle Investigators:  Felix Fritschi, Gopal Kakani, Charles West, Michael Popp, Montgomery Alison
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Association Mapping of Cell Wall Synthesis Regulatory Genes and Cell Wall Quality in Switchgrass
Principle Investigators Laura Bartley, Yanqi Wu, Charles Brummer, Malay Saha
Funding Agency: DOE-USDA Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy

BioWinol Technologies: A Hybrid Green Process for Biofuel Production-Phase 2
Principle Investigators Mark Wilkins, Hasan Atiyeh, and Ray Huhnke
Funding Agency: US Environmental Protection Agency
 
Determination of Energy Contents from Stored Oklahoma Biomass
Principle Investigators:  Michael Buser
Funding Agency: Oklahoma EPSCOR Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
 
Design, Performance Prediction and Validation of a Seed Orienting Corn Planter
Principle Investigators:  Michael Buser and Adrian Koller
Funding Agency: Sitlington Enriched Graduate Award for Adrian Koller-OSU-CASNR

Effect of Growth Media Chemical Composition on Algal Biomass Properties
Principle Investigators:  Nurhan Dunford, Douglas Hamilton, Danielle Bellmer, Ning Wang
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program

Magnetically  Recyclable Biocatalysts for Biofuel Production
Principle Investigators:  Mark Wilkins and Yu (Jessie) Mao
Funding Agency: Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)

Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership Project
Principle Investigators:  Gopal Kakani
Funding Agency: US Department of Energy

Sustainable Feedstock Production Supply Systems to Support Cellulosic Biorefinery Industries
Principle Investigators: Ray Huhnke, Michael Buser, Carol Jones, Gopal Kakani, Tyson Ochsner, Jason Warren, Francis Epplin
Funding Agency: USDA-BRDI
 
Testing & breeding of new switchgrass cultivars for increased biomass production in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Kansas
Principle Investigators:  Yanqi Wu, Charles West, James Muir, Vara Prasad, and Gopal Kakani
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Use of alternative water sources for bioenergy crops production in arid southwest region of the U.S.
Principle Investigators Girisha Ganjegunte, Genhua Niu, April Ulery, Chenggang Wang, and Yanqi Wu
Funding Agency: DOT-RITA-South Central Sun Grant Program

Understanding plant-soil-microbial processes to enhance soil carbon sequestration in bioenergy feedstock
Principle Investigators:  Gail Wilson, Michael Miller, Nancy Johnson, Yanqi Wu, and Melinda Williamson
Funding Agency: USDA, AFRI
 
Value-added Utilization of Biochar in Syngas Clean-up and Conditioning
Principle Investigators Ajay Kumar, Krushna Patil, Danielle Bellmer
Funding Agency: USDA-NIFA South Central Sun Grant Program
 
Other Sources

Evaluate Beta Seed Inc. Energy Beets for Biomass and Sugar Yield
Principle Investigators Gopal Kakani
Funding Agency:  Beta Seed Inc.