Projects by Subject: Biofuels

To view publications on this topic, go to Research Grant Publications on the red bar, click, and select Biofuels and Bioproducts.

  1. Application of Biochar as Carbon Sequestering and Beneficial Additive in
    Principal Investigator:  Jiong Hu, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Co-PI:  Adam Smith, Nebraska Forest Service
    PI web page:
    Abstract:  Jiong Hu abstract
  2. Biochemical Analysis of Microalgae for Enhanced Oil Synthesis and Biomass in a Waste Water System
    Principal Investigator:  Paul Black, Department of Biochemistry
    Co-PIs:  Yasar Demirel, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department and Wayne Riekhof, School of Biological Sciences
    PI web page:  Paul Black Webpage
    Abstract: 20-106 Paul Black Abstract
  3. Biosynthesis of Ethylene Glycol from Renewable Resources
    Principal Investigator: Jiantao Guo, Department of Chemistry
    Co-PIs:  Mark Wilson, Department of Biochemistry, and Wei Niu, Department of Chemistry
    PI web page:  Jiantao Guo Webpage
    Abstract: 907 Jiantao Guo Abstract
  4. Biosynthesis of Novel Polyunsaturated Odd-Carbon Dicarboxylic Acids as New Polymer Feedstocks
    Principal Investigator:  Liangcheng Du, Department of Chemistry
    Co-PI: Patrick Dussault, Department of Chemistry;  Yiqi Yang, Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
    PI web page:  Liangcheng Du Webpage
    Abstract:  Liangcheng Du Abstract
  5. Carbon-Negative Biofuels from Gasification and Pyrolysis of Biomass
    Principal Investigator:  David Jones, Biological Systems Engineering
    PI web page: David Jones Webpage
    Abstract: 306 David Jones Abstract
  6. Co-Synthesis of Bioenergy Proteins To Increase Microbial Biofuel Competitiveness
    Principal Investigator:  Paul Blum, School of Biological Sciences Co-PI:  Joseph Turner, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
    PI web page:  Paul Blum Webpage
    Abstract: 801 Paul Blum Abstract
  7. Developing a Break-through in Methane Production from Anaerobic Digestion of Open-Lot Feedlot Manure
    Principal Investigator:  Galen Erickson,  Department of Animal Science
    PI web page:  Galen Erickson Webpage
    Abstract:  703 Galen Erickson Abstract
  8. Dried Distillers Grains as a Source of Supplemental Energy and Protein for Developing Replacement Heifers
    Principal Investigator: Rick N. Funston, West Central Research and Extension Center
    Co-Investigator(s): Andrea S. Cupp, Animal Science, Rick J. Rasby, Animal Science
    PI web page: Rick Funston Webpage
    PI Abstract: 113 Rick Funston Abstract
  9. Establishing the Synthetic Potential of Geothermal Dehydrogenases
    Principal Investigator:  David Berkowitz, Chemistry
    PI web page David Berkowitz Webpage
    Abstract:  David Berkowitz Abstract
  10. Ethanol as an Energy Source and Terminal Reductant: Exploitation of Thermophilic Redox Enzymes in Catalyst Development and Screening
    Principal Investigator: David Berkowitz, Chemistry
    Co-Investigator(s): Paul Blum, School of Biological Sciences
    PI web page:  David Berkowitz Webpage
    Abstract:  101 David Berkowitz Abstract
  11. Ethanol: Utilization of By-Products
    Principal Investigator: Hossein Noureddini, Chemistry & Biomolecular Engineering
    PI web page: Hossein Noureddini Webpage
    Abstract:  103 Hossein Noureddini Abstract
  12. Exploiting the Synergy between Ethanol and Distillers Grains
    Principal Investigator: Galen Erickson, Animal Science Co-Investigator(s): Terry Klopfenstein, Animal Science
    PI web page: Galen Erickson Webpage
    PI abstract:  111 Galen Erickson Abstract
  13. Exploring Microbial Metabolic Diversity for the Utilization of Lignin-Derived Aromatics
    Principal Investigator:  Wei Niu, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Co-PI:  Joseph Barycki, Department of Biochemistry
    PI web page:  Wei Niu Webpage
    Abstract:  20-202 Wei Niu Abstract
  14. Generation of Bioenergy from Solid Agricultural Wastes with Novel Microbial Fuel Cell Technology
    Principal Investigator:  Tian C. Zhang, Civil Engineering
    PI web page:  Tian Zhang Webpage
    Abstract:  Tian Zhang Abstract
  15. Generation of Biomass-Derived Feedstocks for Biofuel and Bioenergy Production
    Principal Investigator: Jiantao Guo, Chemistry
    PI web page: Jiantao Guo Webpage
    502 Jiantao Guo Abstract
  16. High Efficiency Acetylation of Biomass and Co-Products of Ethanol Production for Value-Added Bioproducts
    Principal Investigator:  Yiqi Yang; Textiles, Clothing and Design
    PI web page:  Yiqi Yang Webpage
    Abstract:  Yiqi Yang Abstract
  17. High Throughput Screening for Compounds that Induce Lipid Accumulation in Algae for Biofuel Production
    Principal Investigator:  Concetta DiRusso, Department of Biochemistry
    PI web page: Concetta DiRusso Webpage
    Abstract:   704 Concetta DiRusso Abstract
  18. Implementation of Synthetic Biology for Next-Generation Biofuel Crop Improvement
    Principal Investigator:  Edgar Cahoon, Department of Biochemistry
    Co-PI:  Thomas Clemente, Agronomy and Horticulture
    PI web page: Edgar Cahoon Webpage
    Abstract:  902 Edgar Cahoon Abstract
  19. Improving Ethanol Production Efficiency: Optimization of Corn-based Feedstock Energy Conversions
    Principal Investigator: David Jackson, Food Science & Technology
    Co-Investigator(s): Wajira S. Ratnayake, Food Science & Technology, Rolando A. Flores, Food Science & Technology, Galen Erickson, Animal Science
    PI web page: David Jackson Webpage
    Abstract:  102 David Jackson Abstract
  20. Integrating Agricultural, Algal, and Bioenergy Systems for Nebraska: Fruition of the SUPER Loop
    Principal Investigator:  Galen Erickson, Animal Science Department
    Co-PIs:  Yufeng Ge and Amy Millmier Schmidt, Biological Systems Engineering
    PI web page:  Galen Erickson Webpage
    Abstract:  904 Galen Erickson Abstract
  21. Integrated Systems for CO2 Capture, Anaerobic Digestion, and Algae Production
    Principal Investigator:   George Oyler, Biochemistry
    PI web page:  PI no longer at UNL.
    Abstract:  508 George Oyler Abstract
  22. Mechanisms of Action of Activators of Algal Biomass Production and Lipid Accumulation Grown at Pilot Scale on Anaerobic Digestate of Agricultural Waste Products
    Principal Investigator: Wayne Riekhof, School of Biological Sciences
    Co-PI:  Concetta DiRusso, Department of Biochemistry
    PI web page: Wayne Riekhof Webpage
    Abstract:  906 Wayne Riekhof Abstract
  23. Microbial Electrosynthetic Conversion of CO2 and Carbonates into Biogas and Bioproducts
    Principal Investigator:  Karrie Weber, School of Biological Sciences
    Co-PI: Nicole Buan, Department of Biochemistry
    PI web page: Karrie Weber Webpage
    Abstract:  Karrie Weber Abstract
  24. Micro/Nanomechanical Studies of Switchgrass Composition and Cellulose Breakdown Kinetics
    Principal Investigator:  Joseph Turner, Engineering Mechanics
    PI web page: Joseph Turner Webpage
    Abstract: 505 Joseph Turner Abstract
    Poster:  Quantifying the Viscoelastic Properties of Switchgrass Using Micro/Nano-Engineering Tools: Preliminary results
  25. Nanostructured Design of Catalysts for Converting Glycerol to Value Added Chemicals
    Principal Investigator:   Xiao Cheng Zeng, Chemistry
    PI web page: Xiao Cheng Zeng Webpage
    Abstract: 511 Xiao Zeng Abstract
  26. Novel Supercapacitors Based on Nano-Structured Materials
    Principal Investigator: Yongfeng Lu, Electrical Engineering
    Co-Investigator(s):  Dennis Alexander, Electrical Engineering, and Andrzej Rajca, Chemistry
    PI web page: Yongfeng Lu Webpage
    Abstract: 501 Yongfeng Lu Abstract
  27. Optimization of Biosoprene Production from Renewable and Captured Carbon
    Principal Investigator:  Nicole Buan, Biochemistry
    Co-PI: Karrie Weber, School of Biological Sciences
    PI web page:
    Abstract:  Nicole Buan abstract
  28. Optimizing Algae and Biogas Production in SUPER Loop Biorefineries
    Principal Investigator:   Galen Erickson, Animal Science
    PI web page: Galen Erickson Webpage 
    Abstract: 506 Galen Erickson Abstract
    Poster: Comparing Dry, Wet, or Modified Distillers Grains Plus Solubles on Feedlot Cattle Performance 
  29. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ethanol with Byproduct Feeding
    Principal Investigator:  Galen Erickson, Animal Science
    Co-Investigator(s):  Terry Klopfenstein, Animal Science, Adam Liska, Agronomy and Horticulture
    PI web page: Galen Erickson Webpage
    Abstract: 301 Galen Erickson Abstract
  30. Technical and Economical Analyses of Combined Heat and Power Generation for Distillers Grains
    Principal Investigator: Lijun Wang, Biological Systems Engineering
    Co-Investigator(s): Milford A. Hanna, Biological Systems Engineering, Curtis L. Weller, Biological Systems Engineering, David D. Jones, Biological Systems Engineering
    PI web page:  No longer at the  University of Nebraska
    Abstract:  104 Lijun Wang Abstract
  31. Toward High Value-Added Products from Lignin: A Hybrid Chemo/Biocatalytic Approach
    Principal Investigator:  David Berkowitz, Department of Chemistry
    Co-PI:  Mark Wilson, Department of Biochemistry
    PI web page:  David Berkowitz Webpage
    Abstract: 20-104 David Berkowitz Abstract
  32. Western Nebraska Perennial Grass Production Under Variable Water for Ethanol Production
    Principal Investigator: Gary Hergert, Panhandle Research and Extension Center
    PI web page: Gary Hergert Webpage
    Abstract: 302 Gary Hergert Abstract