Navigation Links
Sweet diesel! Discovery resurrects process to convert sugar directly to diesel
Date:11/7/2012

A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered.

Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the first president of Israel, chemist Chaim Weizmann. The retooled process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels and could be commercialized within 5-10 years.

While the fuel's cost is still higher than diesel or gasoline made from fossil fuels, the scientists said the process would drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, one of the major contributors to global climate change.

"What I am really excited about is that this is a fundamentally different way of taking feedstocks sugar or starch and making all sorts of renewable things, from fuels to commodity chemicals like plastics," said Dean Toste, UC Berkeley professor of chemistry and co-author of a report on the new development that will appear in the Nov. 8 issue of the journal Nature.

The work by Toste, coauthors Harvey Blanch and Douglas Clark, UC Berkeley professors of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and their colleagues was supported by the Energy Biosciences Institute, a collaboration between UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and funded by the energy firm BP.

The linkage between Toste, whose EBI work is in the development of novel catalysts, and Clark and Branch, who are working on cellulose hydrolysis and fermentation, was first suggested by BP chemical engineer Paul Willems, EBI associate director. The collaboration, Willems said, illustrates the potential value that can come from
'/>"/>

Contact: Robert Sanders
rsanders@berkeley.edu
510-643-6998
University of California - Berkeley
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology technology :

1. Sweet Success for Hosmac India Pvt. Ltd. at ET NOW-IndiaMART Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2011
2. Home sweet lab: Computerized house to generate as much energy as it uses
3. Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs
4. Receptos and Ono Establish Collaboration with Focus on Bioactive Lipid Discovery Research
5. Cellular Dynamics Announces Commercial Launch of iCell® Neurons for Neuroscience Drug Discovery
6. Discovery of a dark state could mean a brighter future for solar energy
7. Thomson Reuters Research Forecasts the Onset of the Targeted Drug Discovery Era
8. AnaptysBio Announces New Strategic Antibody Discovery
9. Discovery opens door to low-cost negative refraction, new products and industries
10. Thomson Reuters Cortellis Drives Drug Discovery and Development With Powerful New Web Services
11. Discovery in Nature elucidates immune cells in skin and supports novel vaccine approach
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Sweet diesel! Discovery resurrects process to convert sugar directly to diesel
(Date:2/27/2015)... , Feb. 27, 2015   PureTech , a ... and commercializing disruptive products and technologies in the healthcare ... , former CEO and Member of the Board of ... "It,s has been a pleasure to know ... that we will be working together more closely now," ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... , Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - SQI Diagnostics ... a life sciences company that develops and commercializes proprietary ... its financial and operational results for the fiscal first ... press release are in Canadian dollars (CAD), unless otherwise ... continued to win new business from our existing customers ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... 26, 2015 DuPont Executive Vice President ... key research advancements and product launches across the Agriculture ... America Merrill Lynch 2015 Global Agriculture Conference. ... grain supplies the last two years, long-term demand for ... of the last decade, when demand for corn and ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... The healthcare landscape is rapidly and radically changing. ... will host its 20 th Anniversary Medical Technologies ... to 10, at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa ... This event is a platform for global medical devices, diagnostics, ... and how to succeed in an uncertain future. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Christopher Viehbacher, former CEO of Sanofi, Joins PureTech's Board of Directors 2Christopher Viehbacher, former CEO of Sanofi, Joins PureTech's Board of Directors 3Christopher Viehbacher, former CEO of Sanofi, Joins PureTech's Board of Directors 4SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 2SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 3SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 4SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 5SQI Diagnostics Reports First Quarter Financial Results 6DuPont Leader Outlines Path for Growth in Agriculture and Nutrition & Health Segments 2DuPont Leader Outlines Path for Growth in Agriculture and Nutrition & Health Segments 3DuPont Leader Outlines Path for Growth in Agriculture and Nutrition & Health Segments 4DuPont Leader Outlines Path for Growth in Agriculture and Nutrition & Health Segments 5Embrace the Future of Medical Technologies with Frost & Sullivan 2Embrace the Future of Medical Technologies with Frost & Sullivan 3
... Engineers from Harvard University have designed and demonstrated ice-free ... even have the chance to freeze. The finding, ... 9th, could lead to a new way to keep ... of ice during the worst winter weather. Moreover, integrating ...
... (NYSE Amex: PTN ) will announce its first ... 2010 before the open of the U.S. financial markets. ... audio webcast hosted by its executive management team on November ... operations in greater detail and an update on corporate developments.Schedule ...
... 12, 2010 A study from Thomson Reuters released today shows ... it was and has not kept pace with the increased output ... Research Report: United States , found that research output from the ... 1981, US scientists fielded nearly 40 percent of research papers in ...
Cached Biology Technology:Breaking the ice before it begins 2Breaking the ice before it begins 3US Dominance in Scientific Research Significantly Challenged by Increased Competition from Europe and Asia, According to Thomson Reuters Study 2
(Date:2/24/2015)... NEW YORK , Feb. 24, 2015 This report ... Thousands by the following Segments: Face Biometrics, and Voice Biometrics. The ... , Japan , Europe ... & Africa , and Latin ... period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided ...
(Date:2/18/2015)... Calif. , Feb. 18, 2015  Cepheid (NASDAQ: ... speaking at the following conferences, and invited investors to participate ... Boston, MA Tuesday, March 3, 2015 ... Investors Conference, Orlando, FL Wednesday, March ... Live Webcasts To access the live webcasts for these events, ...
(Date:2/11/2015)... , February 11, 2015 ... research report "Access Control Market by Product (Cards and ... Residential, Military and Defense, Government, Industrial, Healthcare, Education) and ... published by MarketsandMarkets, the Access Control Market ... 2020, growing at a CAGR of 10.6% ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 2World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 3World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 4World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 5World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 6World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 7World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 8World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 9World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 10World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 11World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 12World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 13World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 14World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 15World Face and Voice Biometrics Industry 16Cepheid to Webcast Upcoming Financial Presentations 2Access Control Market Worth $10.4 Billion by 2020 2Access Control Market Worth $10.4 Billion by 2020 3Access Control Market Worth $10.4 Billion by 2020 4
... cells derived from muscle have a greater ability to regenerate ... at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. , The study, ... the Journal of Cell Biology, is the first ever to ... based on sex. , This finding could have a ...
... was published in an advance online edition of the Proceedings ... April 9, 2007. , The study provides new evidence that ... is activated by the protein SGT1, which also activates Resistance ... pathogens. The study also confirms structural similarities between the Nod1 ...
... absorb carbon dioxide as they grow—can help to remove ... suggests that, as a way to fight global warming, ... these trees are planted. In particular, tropical forests are ... healthy temperature. , The researchers, including Ken Caldeira of ...
Cached Biology News:The sturdier sex? -- Study by Pittsburgh scientists finds female stem cells work better 2Scripps research study shows humans and plants share common regulatory pathway 2Scripps research study shows humans and plants share common regulatory pathway 3Tropical forests -- Earth's air conditioner 2