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Auburn researcher receives National Science Foundation CAREER award to study biofuels

Dr. Maobing TuAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has received a $401,155 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for his research in biofuels and bioenergy.

The CAREER program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards, honoring junior faculty who excel in research and teaching and integrating these roles at their institutions.

Tu said the five-year project promises to improve efficiency in the biorefining process for butanol production from forest and agricultural biomass. The study is titled “Carbonyl Inhibition of Butanol Production from Biomass Hydrolysates by Clostridium acetobutylicum.”

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Auburn and research partners awarded $15 million by USDA for biofuels production

AUBURN – The USDA has awarded $15 million to Auburn University and a group of other academic institutions and private sector companies to study and develop biofuels production.

“By bringing universities and the private sector together, this partnership will develop bioenergy solutions that increase energy security and strengthen rural economies,” said Steve Taylor, director of Auburn’s Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts (http://www.nrmdi.auburn.edu/bio/index.php).

In addition to Auburn, the consortium includes the Universities of Tennessee, North Carolina State and Georgia as well as ArborGen Inc. and Ceres Inc.

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