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Seminar Series on Bioenergy Topics - ACES 501

Spring 2014 Schedule (poster-pdf)

Seminars held 4-4:50 p.m. in the Monsanto Room, ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. All are open to the public.

January 27

"Introduction" and "Trends in Bioenergy" presentation (pdf)

Hans Blaschek, Director of IBRL, Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois
Eric Anderson, Visiting Teaching Associate for IBRL and Ph.D. candidate, University of Illinois

February 3

"Sorghum as a bioenergy Feedstock” presentation (pdf)

Pat Brown, Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences, College of ACES, University of Illinois

February 10

"Use of Co-products from the Ethanol Industry in Diets Fed to Pigs" presentation (pdf)

Hans Stein, Professor of Nutrition, Animal Sciences, College of ACES, University of Illinois

February 17

“Considerations in Using Biomass for Heat and Power” presentation (pdf)

Gary Letterly, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator, University of Illinois Extension / U of I - Dudley Smith Initiatives Project Co-PI / Energy Education Association - Board of Directors

February 24

"Design and Engineering of Microbial Cell Factories for Biofuels Production” presentation (pdf)

Huimin Zhao, Professor of Chemical and Biomeolecular Engineering, University of Illinois

March 3

"An Insider's Look at Illinois' Diversified Biotech Engine" presentation (pdf)

David Miller, President and CEO, Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO)

March 10

"Photovoltaics, Photocatalysis, Artificial Photosynthesis, and Biofuels: Conversion, Storage, and Life-cycle” presentation (pdf)

Elif Ertekin, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Science & Engineering, University of Illinois

March 17

“POET-DSM: Start-up of a New Large Scale Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Iowa” presentation (pdf)

Steve Hartig, General Manager, Licensing, POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC

March 24 - Spring Break

March 31

“The Brazilian Experience with Biofuels: Past, Present and Future” presentation (pdf)

Peter Goldsmith, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, College of ACES, University of Illinois

April 7

“Past, Present and Future Role of Corn in the Biofuel Industry” presentation (pdf)

Rod Harris, Business Development Manager, Ethanol Group, The Andersons Inc.

April 14

“Food and Sustainable Biofuels: Thinking Clearly about the Issues” presentation (pdf)

Bruce Dale, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University
*Location Change: 150 Animal Sciences Laboratory

April 21

“Clean Energy Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Midwest"

Jason Zielke, CTO & SVP, Clean Energy Trust

April 28

"Tropical Maize – A Flexible and Sustainable Bioenergy Crop Adapted for the Midwest"

Laura Gentry, Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences, College of ACES, University of Illinois

May 5

"Progress and Status of Advanced Biofuels: Drop-ins, Fuel Additives and Bio-based Chemicals"

Bob Randle, Vice President Business Development, xF Technologies


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