Iowa State professor to speak on sustainable transportation fuels

Published: Apr 27, 2010 2:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447

James Katzer, professor of chemical engineering at Iowa State University, will host a seminar, "Coal and Biomass to Liquid Fuels and Power," on Wednesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. The presentation is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering.

Katzer will present an evaluation of the available options, technologies, production costs, environmental impacts and scale issues for producing substitutes for crude oil in making transportation fuels. He will discuss the possibilities of converting coal and biomass into liquid fuels by gasification and the benefits the process would have on the sustainability of available coal for transportation.

Katzer holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a doctoral degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in chemical engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served on panels discussing hydrogen technologies, alternative fuels and nuclear power with the National Research Council.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes