MSU announces production of zero-oxygen hydrocarbons from biomass
By Philip Steele
PhD. student Sanjeev Gajjella and SERC thrust leader Philip Steele
extract newly-created bio-oil with no oxygen
Mississippi State University (MSU) recently announced that a breakthrough in catalyst synthesis has allowed them to produce a 100% hydrocarbon mix with no detectable oxygen from bio-oil produced from biomass. Bio-oil is a product produced by thermal decomposition of biomass by rapid heating in the absence of air. This is the first announcement of a zero-oxygen liquid hydrocarbon produced from bio-oil. The technology produces the hydrocarbons by catalytic hydroprocessing of bio-oil. This breakthrough was made possible by the support of the Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) for the research performed by Department of Forest Products Ph.D. student Sanjeev Gajjela. Sanjeev works under the direction of Dr. Philip Steele, Professor and SERC Bio-Oil Research Group Thrust Leader.
2009 MSU BIOFUELS CONFERENCE SHOWCASES "NEXT GENERATION" OF ENERGY
Over one hundred fifty gather in state capital to discuss future of alternative fuels
By Diane Godwin, Patty Drapala and Patrick Young
2009 MSU Biofuels Conference
The 2009 Mississippi State University (MSU) Biofuels Conference welcomed over 150 attendees to the Jackson Marriott in the state's capital August 6 and 7. Hosted by the Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC), the Bagley College of Engineering, MAFES and Industrial Outreach Services, this year's conference focused on "the next generation of biofuels." [read more]
Research captures first place at biofuels conference
By Patrick Young
Crymble (left) shows his castor oil research to a biofuels conference attendee before
taking first place in the poster competition
Scott Crymble is not one of those people who can be categorized under any certain label. The Mississippi State University (MSU) graduate student, who is often mistaken for being in his early teens, loves video games and sleeping in, but he also has taken interest in the alternative energy field. Crymble was approached by his advisor Rafael Hernandez to begin a master's project looking at making biodiesel out of castor oil. More than two years later, Crymble's work was rewarded with a first place showing at the 2009 MSU Biofuels Conference.
NUMBER CRUNCHER: HOOD GUIDES SERC TO FIND ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS
Agricultural economist finds possibility of bio-oil factory in state
By Patrick Young
While researchers at the Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) at Mississippi State University work to create renewable energy solutions, Ken Hood often asks the most important question: How much will it cost?
Since beginning with SERC, Hood has worked to make sure the researchers' findings can pass the test of economic feasibility.
Over the past year, Hood has dedicated a majority of his time to determining whether the prospect of a commercial bio-oil factory could be in the short-term future of Mississippi.