Melanie won 2014 SIRE-REU Award

Our undergraduate student, Melanie Swannell, won the 2014 SIRE-REU Award.


Isomerization of glucose to fructose in molten halide salt hydrates

Student: Melanie Swannell, biochemistry and food science

Faculty advisor: Xuejun Pan, biological systems engineering
Extramural funding agency: National Science Foundation

Congratulations Melanie!

Summer Biofuel Workshop 2014


Our Summer Biofuel Workshop (July 31st to August 1st) supported by NSF was successfully finished.

We had two UW undergraduate students and eight local high school students this year.

The program provided lecture, lab tour, and lab sessions related to biofuel technologies.

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Shu-Ching won SIRE-REU5 Award

newsOur undergraduate student, Shu-Ching Yang, won the SIRE-REU5 award.

SIRE-REU: Conversion of Monosaccharides and Polysaccharides to Furan-Based Precursors for Hydrocarbon Fuels

This project team will study the process of converting lignocellulose to drop-in biofuels in the PI’s lab.  The proposed research for the REU student involves elucidating the reaction mechanisms of biomass cellulose and hemicellulose during the Hydrolysis-Dehydration Aldol Condensation (HDA) process using monosaccharides and polysaccharides as model compounds.

Congratulation Shu-Ching!