There is widespread interest in developing biorefineries which combine catalytic, thermal, and biological conversion processes to efficiently utilize the carbon and energy within biomass. However, the emergence of commercial large-scale biorefineries depends significantly on our ability to advance technologies that improve biomass-derived product diversity, value, and yield.


My lab seeks to understand the causes and effects of biomass structure-derived limits on conversion performance, providing fundamental mechanistic insight. With that understanding, we seek to rationally engineer biomass conversions processes that take advantage of the unique features of biomass as a feedstock to access new products

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