Dr. Hasan Atiyeh, Associate Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, OK, received a USDA-NIFA Award through the South Central Sun Grant Program’s Regional Limited Competitive Grants Program to conduct a study on “Engineering Biocatalysts Consortium for Efficient Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass and Greenhouse Gas Mixture to Fuels and Chemicals”. Dr. Atiyeh collaborates with Dr. David Lampert from OSU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Drs. Thaddeus Ezeji and Victor Ujor from The Ohio State University.
This study aims to develop a novel process for butanol production from switchgrass. The research team will also compare life cycle assessment of the environmental impacts of petroleum and corn-based butanol and jet fuel production pathways with the novel co-fermentation process from switchgrass.