A Partnership at the Bioenergy Frontier
Purdue University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Tennessee (UT), Northeastern University (NEU), and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) form a strategic partnership to develop transformational knowledge and enabling technologies that maximize the energy and carbon efficiencies of biofuel production by the rational and synergistic design both of biomass and of thermal and chemical conversion processes. The Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) is focused on generating and using new knowledge of catalyst-biomass interactions driven by strong collaboration between experts in the structure, biochemistry and synthesis of biomass, in advanced imaging and analytical techniques, and in chemical engineering and catalysis. Interdisciplinary teamwork promotes a culture of creativity at the interface of physical and life sciences as biologists’ knowledge of biomass chemistry and capabilities to engineer plant characteristics combine with the catalytic science and technology of engineers and chemists.
Purdue and UT are land-grant institutions that share long traditions of use-inspired research in agriculture and engineering. C3Bio is headquartered in Purdue’s Discovery Park, a 40-acre, $750M adjunct campus to address Grand Challenge Science through interdisciplinary research, providing infrastructure and administrative resources in support of our research enterprise. Within university education and outreach missions, we train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in bioenergy systems and advanced analytical tools to contribute to the next generation of researchers. Funded by the US Department of Energy, NREL and ANL bring practical operational and training opportunities and feature unique scientific resources, such as the Advanced Photon Source at ANL and NREL’s Biomass Surface Characterization Laboratory, a premiere facility with state-of-the-art instrumentation for analyses of soft materials.
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a Corporate Affiliate Partner for C3Bio, supporting cross-cutting technological resources in mass spectrometry research and instrument development.