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Researchers use light to turn yeast into biochemical factories

Researchers use light to turn yeast into biochemical factories

March 23, 2018 |

In New Jersey, Princeton University researchers used light to control genetically modified yeast and increase its output of commercially valuable chemicals. The team used light to enhance the production of biofuels, drugs and commercial chemicals in bioreactors, which contain microorganisms such as yeast that have been metabolically engineered to make biological products. The team uses […]

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Princeton studies show how algae use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis

Princeton studies show how algae use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis

September 25, 2017 |

In New Jersey, two new studies of green algae have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosynthesis, a key factor in their ability to grow so quickly. Understanding this process may someday help researchers improve the growth rate of crops such as wheat and rice. […]

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Princeton researchers use catalytic hydropyrolysis to create drop-in fuels

Princeton researchers use catalytic hydropyrolysis to create drop-in fuels

July 12, 2017 |

In New Jersey, researchers from Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment evaluated a method that creates fuel from wood residues, sawdust and branches. The method, called catalytic hydropyrolysis, could use the refining and distribution systems now used for gasoline to create a fuel that would work in modern engines. In a paper published this spring in the journal […]

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Princeton researchers boost bioreactor efficiency with new integrated approach

Princeton researchers boost bioreactor efficiency with new integrated approach

February 23, 2017 |

In New Jersey, to improve bioreactor efficiency, researchers at Princeton University will create an integrated approach to monitoring and controlling the organisms’ metabolic activity thanks to support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., and his wife, Wendy, created the $25 million endowment […]

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Solar fuels: How close, how real?

Solar fuels: How close, how real?

July 16, 2014 |

Could a liquid fuel technology emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but, this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of laborious recharging? And, could the liquid fuel be made from the very waste CO2 that bedevils our environment? Those ideas just took a big step forward — involving […]

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Princeton makes biobutanol from bamboo

Princeton makes biobutanol from bamboo

May 21, 2012 |

In New Jersey, a student is creating a biobutanol out of bamboo at Princeton University. While the process is far from being commercially viable, Amanda Rees was able to treat bamboo sawdust acid with enzymes to produce a small amount of fuel. Rees has hopes for the project, as bamboo’s resilience and status as inedible […]

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