Novozymes researcher to discuss biofuels, enzyme cost improvements

Published: Mar 4, 2008 2:03:36 PM
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Frank Haagensen, scientist and project leader at Novozymes North America, Inc., will present a seminar, "Development of enzymes and enzymatic processes to make ethanol from biomass less expensive," as part of the 2007-2008 Chemical Engineering Seminar Program. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the McMillan Auditorium in Ross Hall.

This talk will focus on assumptions of the process and operating conditions behind the cost metric, and elaborate on the reported enzyme cost improvements. Also included in the presentation will be some of the further advancements made by Novozymes and collaborators over the past two years to overcome some of the key challenges involved in converting biomass into ethanol.

Haagensen completed his doctoral work in 2004 and has more than eight years experience in the development and optimization of biotechnological processes for environmental technologies and energy production. His specific technology developments have been focused on converting biomass into fuels and chemicals through biological processes. As an assistant professor at the Technical University of Denmark, he was engaged in creating a package of new courses and educational activities in the use of biotechnology for renewable fuel and ethanol production processes for an international engineering program. At his current assignment, Haagensen has been involved in improving the processes involved in converting pretreated corn stover feedstock into ethanol during enzymatic and microbial processes, which have led to significant benefits for the company and external collaborators.