Chemical engineering professor publishes biofuels book

Published: May 6, 2010 3:00:00 PM
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Gupta biofuels book

Ram Gupta, Philpott-Westpoint Stevens Professor and graduate program chair of Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering, has published a new book, Gasoline, Diesel and Ethanol Biofuels from Grasses and Plants. The book is co-authored by Ahyan Demirbas, professor at Sila Science and Energy Company.

The book introduces readers to second-generation biofuels from non-food biomass, such as forest and agricultural residue, switch grass, corn stover, waste wood and municipal solid wastes. Gupta and Demirbas discuss several technologies to extract biofuels, including cellulosic ethanol, biomass gasification, synthesis of diesel and gasoline and bio-crude by hydrothermal liquefaction.

"The world is currently faced with two significant problems: fossil fuel depletion and environmental degradation, which are continuously being exacerbated due to increasing global energy consumption," says Gupta. "As a substitute for petroleum, renewable fuels have been receiving increasing attention due a variety of environmental, economic, and societal benefits."

Gupta holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calgary and a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas-Austin. Gupta's other published works include Nanoparticle Technology for Drug Delivery, Solubility in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen Fuel: Production, Transport, and Storage.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes