Minnesota professor to discuss biofuels conversion

Published: Oct 1, 2009 9:48:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering will host a lecture by Lanny Schmidt, professor of chemical engineering and materials science at the University of Minnesota, on Monday, Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. His presentation is entitled "Biofuels from Biomass in Autothermal Reactors" and will cover various biofuels generated by autothermal reforming to produce synthesis gas, hydrogen and chemicals. He will also offer recent results on the production of syngas created by reactive flash volatilization of nonvolatile liquids and solids.

Schmidt's research examines fuels that are alcohols, esters, carbohydrates, biodiesel, vegetable oil and solid biomass. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wheaton College and a doctoral degree in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago. He has over 300 published papers and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research focuses on aspects of chemistry and engineering of chemical reactions on solid surfaces.

Schmidt's seminar is the first in the department's inaugural Basore Distinguished Lectureship series, which brings noted experts in chemical engineering to Auburn's campus. The program is named for Cleburne A. Basore, who in 1929 became the first head of Auburn's Department of Chemical Engineering.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes