Federal funding for biofuels has undergone a sea change in the last three years, from an almost exclusive focus on cellulosic ethanol, to current emphasis on hydrocarbon fuels from lignocelluloses and algae. The motivations for this new green energy paradigm and some of the main routes to achieving hydrocarbon biofuels from non-food, sustainably produced feedstocks will be reviewed. NSF's "Hydrocarbons from Biomass" topic of the FY 2009 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program will be outlined.
|Contributor||Joseph M. Cychosz
|Bio||John R. Regalbuto is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He served as the director of the Catalysis and Biocatalysis program in the Engineering Directorate at NSF from 2006-2009 and was heavily involved in national biofuels policy through his participation on the National Biomass R&D Board and his chairing the Biomass Conversion Interagency Working Group of the Board.|
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|Time||04:25 PM, May 24, 2010|
|Location||Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN|