Research: The depletion of resources and environmental impacts from burning fossil fuels have spurred the search for sustainable biofuels. Ethanol is the only current suitable biofuel, but without government subsidies it cannot compete with fossil fuels. Perry Chou and his team are working to change that. They will develop new strains of bacteria and bioprocessing techniques to convert cheap feedstock into n-butanol, a clean, renewable and sustainable biofuel.
Co- principal investigators: Professor C. Perry Chou, Department of Chemical Engineering and Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology and Professor Murray Moo-Young, Department of Chemical Engineering
Industry partner: Centurion Biofuels