Chemical and Biological Engineering Faculty Candidate Presentation by David Hodge, Michigan State U.
- Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 10:00am to 11:00am
- Barnard Hall, 323 Barnard Hall - view map
As the global demand for energy grows, the need for sustainable sources of energy and carbon as a supplement or replacement for fossil fuels is becoming imperative.
Among possible technology options, the chemical, catalytic, or biochemical conversion of the structural polymers contained within plant cell walls (i.e. lignocellulose biomass) to biofuels, biochemicals, and biomaterials, has the potential to displace a substantial fraction of current petroleum consumption.
A key obstacle in the utilization of lignocellulosic biomass as a feedstock fuels and chemicals lies in the recalcitrance of plant cell walls derived from cell wall biopolymer composition, organization, and higher order structure.
Utilizing properties of plant cell walls or plant cell wall biopolymers to predict their response to a conversion process, can be challenging due to the complexity of the cell wall across length scales spanning several orders of magnitude.
This challenge to characterization will be the subject of this talk, highlighted with illustrative examples.