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Seminar – Dr. M. Nazmul Karim
September 14, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Texas A&M University FALL 2015 INTERDISCIPLINARY LECTURE SERIES
“SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FOR SUSTAINABILITY”
Sustainable Production of Renewable Fuels: Can we make it work?
Dr. M. Nazmul Karim
Holder of the Michael O’Connor Chair II, Department Head & Professor – Chemical Engineering Department
Texas A&M University
Abstract: This presentation will discuss developments in the area of liquid biofuels in my research groups over the past 10 years. Production of sustainable, renewable, and economically viable liquid biofuels have eluded the researchers and industry for many years. This presentation will discuss the issues, which are hampering the progress in this area. Our research over the years have tackled the problem of pretreatment, consolidated bioprocessing, and fermentation for ethanol and butanol production. We have used metabolic engineering and computational tools to answer fundamental questions about cellulose degradation, and biofuels production. In our recent work we have developed methods to develop a whole bio-refinery for ethanol and butanol production using multiple lignocellulosic biomasses and utilizing ASPEN Plus super structure models and an MINLP optimization algorithm. The optimized process shows a viable route to biofuels production. In this context various research projects in biofuels in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering are also highlighted.
Reception at 3:30 pm.