Tag: Cornell

Cornell researchers lead on turning DNA into biodegradable gels and plastics

Cornell researchers lead on turning DNA into biodegradable gels and plastics

June 24, 2020 |

In New York state, Cornell-led collaboration is turning DNA from organic matter—such as onions, fish and algae—into biodegradable gels and plastics. The resulting materials could be used to create everyday plastic objects, unusually strong adhesives, multifunctional composites and more effective methods for drug delivery, without harming the environment the way petrochemical-based materials do. The team’s […]

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DOE awards Cornell researchers $2 million to study inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles’ role in bioenergy production

DOE awards Cornell researchers $2 million to study inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles’ role in bioenergy production

September 24, 2019 |

In New York state, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an interdisciplinary team of Cornell researchers $2 million to study the combination of inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles and bacterial cells for more efficient bioenergy conversion. The Cornell project was one of six selected by the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research to explore microscopic […]

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Cornell researchers develop engineered electroactive microbes to better produce biofuels

Cornell researchers develop engineered electroactive microbes to better produce biofuels

May 22, 2019 |

In New York state, researchers from Cornell University say engineered electroactive microbes borrowing an electron from solar or wind electricity and using the energy to break apart carbon dioxide molecules from the air can then take the carbon atoms to make biofuels, such as isobutanol or propanol. These synthetic or non-biological electrically engineered elements could […]

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Cornell and Texas A&M researcher develop algal droplet bioreactors on a chip

Cornell and Texas A&M researcher develop algal droplet bioreactors on a chip

September 28, 2017 |

In New York state, researchers from Cornell University’s Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: Algal droplet bioreactors on a chip. A single algal cell is captured in a tiny droplet of water encapsulated by oil – imagine […]

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Cornell researchers combine hydrothermal liquefaction with anaerobic digestion

Cornell researchers combine hydrothermal liquefaction with anaerobic digestion

June 13, 2017 |

In New York state, researchers at Cornell are combining hydrothermal liquefaction with anaerobic digestion in order to boost the energy production while reducing the processing time for treating food waste. The FAO estimates 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted or lost every year. The hydrothermal liquefaction produces a biocrude in just a few minutes […]

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Cornell researcher finds how bacteria turns waste into biofuels

Cornell researcher finds how bacteria turns waste into biofuels

January 18, 2017 |

In New York state, to unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. She used an emerging biochemical approach, called metabolomics, to track different sugar carbon atoms inside the bacterial cells and […]

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Cornell and JGI team on how bacteria interact with fungi for biodiesel production

Cornell and JGI team on how bacteria interact with fungi for biodiesel production

December 20, 2016 |

In New York state, to answer the challenge of producing renewable, sustainable alternative fuels, researchers aren’t just looking at developing candidate bioenergy crops but are also reviewing other natural sources of energy-dense oils such as fungi. To learn more about how bacteria interact with fungi in a symbiotic relationship to support the biochemistries that could […]

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More algae, more animal feed: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Cornell Marine Algal Biofuels Consortium

More algae, more animal feed: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Cornell Marine Algal Biofuels Consortium

October 25, 2016 |

The Cornell Marine Algal Biofuels Consortium includes Cornell, Duke, Cellana, SOEST, San Francisco State, the University of Nordland, the University of Southern Mississippi, GIFAS and the Sahara Forest Project. The overall project aimed for productivity of 1,500 gal/acre/yr algal oil by Q4 2014 and productivity of 2,500 gal/acre/yr algal oil by Q4 2018. The goal? […]

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Cornell algae project awarded $910,000 DOE grant

Cornell algae project awarded $910,000 DOE grant

December 3, 2012 |

In New York, a $910,000 grant from the DOE was awarded to a Cornell research team working on an algae project aimed at redesigning a bioreactor that delivers light efficiently. The “optofluidic reactor” will deliver light to algae growing on low-cost sheets and then collect fuel through porous tubes; the reactor will be able to […]

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Cornell receives grant to study willow as a promising bioenergy crop

Cornell receives grant to study willow as a promising bioenergy crop

August 3, 2012 |

In New York State, scientists at Cornell University now believe commercialization of shrub willow as a biofuel feedstock could be years closer than they believed. A new $1.37 million grant is set to enable Cornell researchers to take advantage of the newly mapped shrub willow genome to study hybrid vigor and yield. “Determining the precise […]

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