Biofuels from Algae
Microalgae are single-celled plants that are attracting lots of attention as a source of renewable material to make fuels. Our lab uses hydrothermal treatment to convert the algal biomass into solid, liquid, or gaseous fuels. We are especially interested in discovering the reaction pathways and kinetics that control the biomass conversion process. This project will involve hands-on experimental work aimed at understanding more fully the chemistry that takes place during hydrothermal treatment of algae. Students interested in the organic chemistry side of chemical engineering might find this project to be particularly appealing.