Category: Research

Lawrence Lab and JBEI identify molecular mechanism in bacteria to help boost biofuel production

Lawrence Lab and JBEI identify molecular mechanism in bacteria to help boost biofuel production

June 19, 2019 |

In California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote tolerance to imidazolium ionic liquid (IIL) solvents, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes. The research appears in the Journal of Bacteriology. […]

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Brazilian researchers find Amazonian fungus that produces key enzyme for ethanol production

Brazilian researchers find Amazonian fungus that produces key enzyme for ethanol production

June 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, a group of researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), working in partnership with colleagues at the Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR) in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil, have discovered that Trichoderma harzianum, a fungus found in the Amazon, produces an enzyme with the potential to play a key role in enzyme cocktails. […]

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SkyNRG teams with University of Limerick to explore development of Irish aviation biofuel produciton

SkyNRG teams with University of Limerick to explore development of Irish aviation biofuel produciton

June 17, 2019 |

In Ireland, the Bernal Institute at University of Limerick signed a deal with SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Bernal and the Netherlands-based firm SkyNRG was signed in the presence of Dutch Minister of Trade, Sigrid Kaag, during the Dutch Royal Visit and […]

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Scientists better understand how proteins move out of cells

Scientists better understand how proteins move out of cells

June 15, 2019 |

In Missouri, Gavin King and a team of scientists at the University of Missouri used an atomic force microscope to study the movement of the E.coli proteins. Unlike previous studies where proteins were frozen, the atomic force microscope allowed researchers to observe the proteins moving in a fluid environment that closely resembles their natural environment. […]

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Japanese researchers discover novel enzyme in soil fungus

Japanese researchers discover novel enzyme in soil fungus

June 13, 2019 |

In Japan, group of researchers led by the Tokyo University of Science has discovered a novel enzyme from a soil fungus. In their study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, they speculate that this enzyme plays important roles in the soil ecosystem, and then describe its structure and action. Once the usefulness of the […]

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Chinese scientists develop one-pot cellulosic ethanol process

Chinese scientists develop one-pot cellulosic ethanol process

June 12, 2019 |

In China, scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a chemocatalytic approach to convert cellulose into ethanol in a one-pot process by using a multifunctional Mo/Pt/WOx catalyst. This approach opens up an alternative avenue for biofuel production. The findings were published in Joule. Prof. Wang […]

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Finnish researcher looks at cyanobacteria to clean up wastewater and production biodiesel

Finnish researcher looks at cyanobacteria to clean up wastewater and production biodiesel

June 11, 2019 |

In Finland, a researcher from the University of Turku has determined how the use of cyanobacteria and other tiny blue-algae interact with wastewater that not only cleans the water but also produces feedstock for biodiesel production. Of the different kinds of wastewaters tested, municipal wastewater was found to create the most fats in the bacteria […]

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Brookhaven Lab researchers develop catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol

Brookhaven Lab researchers develop catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol

June 10, 2019 |

In New York state, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Arkansas have developed a highly efficient catalyst for extracting electrical energy from ethanol, an easy-to-store liquid fuel that can be generated from renewable resources. The catalyst, described in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, steers the […]

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Olive oil wastewater could be useful for value-added compound production

Olive oil wastewater could be useful for value-added compound production

June 9, 2019 |

In Argentina, researchers are looking at olive oil wastewater in a whole new light from its current status as something to be discarded and a harmful agro-industrial effluent to something that is full of carbohydrates, organic acids and mineral nutrients, as well as elevated contents of phenolics and other natural antioxidants compounds, that make it […]

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Urban Air Initiative study shows ethanol blends reduce PM emissions

Urban Air Initiative study shows ethanol blends reduce PM emissions

June 6, 2019 |

In Washington, new study finds that ethanol blends reduce particulate matter (PM) coming out of the tailpipe, which in turn reduces overall toxic emissions. The study was conducted by the University of California Riverside and the University of Wisconsin, Madison and commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative. It was published in Elsevier’s journal ‘Science of the […]

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