NARA member Junyong (J.Y.) Zhu recently received the “Andrew Chase Award” and was elected as an “ALChE fellow” at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE) Forest Bioproducts Division meeting in San Francisco, CA.
Here is the statement read out in recognition of Dr. JY Zhu:
“Dr. Junyong (J.Y.) Zhu is a scientific team leader from the USDA …more
NARA is optimizing a conversion process that converts the carbohydrates in woody biomass into bio-jet fuel and other chemical products. Depending on the tree species, up to 60% of the dry weight of wood is carbohydrates. That leaves the remaining 40% of the woody biomass as a byproduct. In order to maximize the economic sustainability of a wood-to-biofuel industry, converting …more
On June 7th, Alaska Airlines fueled two commercial flights using a 20% blend of Gevo’s renewable biojet fuel made from sustainable U.S. corn. These flights represent the first commercial flights fueled with biojet fuel made using Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet technology.
Read the news release here. A video is available here.
In May 2016, over 400 high-school students brought their solutions for a better world to the 2016 Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow competition at Washington State University. The competition is hosted by the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University. NARA has been a major sponsor of this event since 2011. Encouraging high school students to think about energy solutions fits well with NARA’s education goals to increase bioenergy literacy and develop a bioenergy workforce.
NARA researcher Yalan Liu received the second place 2016 Forest Products Society Wood Award for her work titled, “Evaluating the role of wood ultrastructure change from mechanical treatment for kinetics of monomer sugars and chemicals production”.
The Wood Award recognizes and honors outstanding graduate student research conducted in the field of wood and wood products. Yalan will …more
Gevo has developed fermentation and process technology to convert biomass sugars to isobutanol and further into renewable jet fuel through chemical processing. As a key member of the NARA project, Gevo has developed GIFT®, Gevo Integrated Fermentation Technology, to produce isobutanol at high productivity, titer, …more