Wisconsin professor to talk on plant biomass for renewable energy

Published: Mar 5, 2010 1:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering will host a seminar featuring Jim Dumesic, Steenbock Chair and chemical and biomolecular engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on Tuesday, March 9, at 3:30 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. Dumesic will present his research, "Catalytic Strategies for the Conversion of Biomass-derived Carbohydrates to Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels."

Dumesic's presentation will demonstrate the use of plant biomass to produce renewable energy sources through heterogenous catalytic reactions for liquid fuels. This approach can be useful for producing longer chain, less highly branched hydrocarbons in diesel and jet fuels.

Dumesic received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. He has pioneered the field of microkinetic analysis and developed microcalorimetric techniques to measure surface chemical bond strengths for adsorbates on metal, oxide and acidic catalysts.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes