Levulinic acid-to-fuels the pathway to early career grant for UWisconsin researcher

July 2, 2012 |

In Wisconsin, UW-Madison assistant professor Brian Pfleger received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, from the National Science Foundation, that will assist in his research on metabolic pathways in bacteria that can be used for drop-in advanced biofuels.

Specifically, his research focuses on microbes convert levulinic acid into free fatty acids that can be used to make drop-in fuels. “In a catalytic sense, you make a mixture of things; a microbe makes a particular compound,” he told a UW campus publication.

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