Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

$1.7 Million Grant Supports Harvesting of Alternative Fuel from Bacteria

Professor R. Mark Worden and his team will develop the bioreactor system for producing isobutanol

June 2, 2010

R. Mark Worden, MSU professor of chemical engineering, is part of a group receiving $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to build a reactor system for Ralstonia eutropha, a bacterium that scientists aim to engineer to metabolize hydrogen and carbon dioxide to produce isobutanol, a fuel that can be used as a replacement for gasoline.

Anthony Sinskey, professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leads the genetic engineering team.

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