The Northeast Sun Grant has funded forty-one research and development projects beginning in 2007, through a competitive grants program. The research portfolio contains experiments in the areas of feedstock development, bio-conversion processes, systems analysis, economics, environment and policy.
FEEDSTOCK DEVELOPMENT AND AGRONOMIC PROJECTS
Stacy Bonos, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Improving Switchgrass Establishment through Breeding.
Stephen Herbert, University of Massachusetts, Assessing switchgrass establishment problems.
Larry Smart, Cornell University, Genetic Improvement for Yield and Establishment of Short Rotation Woody Biomass Crops on Marginal Lands
Armen R. Kemanian, Pennsylvania State University, Production and life-cycle assessment of switchgrass across the heterogeneous landscape of the Northeast
Rafiq Islam, The Ohio State University, Carbon-neutral perennial grass biofuels production from biosolids amended degraded forest and marginal lands in Ohio.
BIOPRODUCTS DEVELOPMENT and BIOPRODUCTS EDUCATION PROJECTS
Changqing Wu, University of Delaware, Utilizing lignocellulose-to-ethanol residue for multifunctional natural products
David Hodge, Michigan State University, Catalytic Oxidation of biorefinery-and forest products industry-derived lignins for the production of functionally active aromatic monomers
Benjamin Dawson-Andoh, West Virginia University, Engineered High-Value Carbonaceous Products from Bio-refinery By-Products
Robert Birkenholz, The Ohio State University, “The Biobased Promise”, a consumer purchasing decisions study
Rafiq Islam, The Ohio State University, Training Professionals on Sustainable
Advanced Energy Feedstock Production for Enhanced Ecosystems Services from the Ground Up
FEEDSTOCK LOGISTICS and HANDLING PROJECTS
Hojae Yi, Pennsyvania State University, Predictive Relationships for Assessing Quality of Densified Biomass using Fundamental Mechanical Properties of Granular Bio-Feedstock
CELLULOSIC ETHANOL BIOMASS PRE-TREATMENT PROJECTS
James Gossett, Cornell University, Influence of Alternative Pretreatment Strategies on Cellulosic Ethanol Production using Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation at High Solids Concentrations.
Stephane Corgie, Cornell University, Tapping Into Lignin Potential For High-End Co-Products Using Bionanocatalysts with Enhanced Depolymerizing Activities BIOMASS TO FUELS CONVERSION PROJECTS
Thaddeus Ezeji, The Ohio State University, Metabolic Engineering to Enhance Butanol Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass through use of an Endogenous Ribozyme and Artificial non-coding RNAs in Clostridium Beijerinckii
James Holden, Enhanced feedstock-to-H2 conversion using hyperthermophiles
Christopher Saffron, Michigan State University, Assessing the bioenergy production capability of native grasses using wet chemical techniques and bench-scale biochemical and thermochemical conversion approaches.
Gary Bergstrom, Cornell University, Genome-enabled selection and high throughput screening of microbial accessory enzymes for enhanced conversion of lignocellulosic biomass.
Lars Angenent, Cornell University, Producing Butanol from Syngas with hollow fiber reactors.
Peter van Walsum, University of Maine, Conversion of North Eastern macro-algae to liquid biofuels and bioproducts.
Lawrence Smart, Cornell University, Influence of varietal differences in shrub willow crop biomass composition and biochemical conversion yield.
Paul Dauenhauer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, of a Catalytic-Cone Reactor for Direct Conversion of Woody Biomass to Transportation Fuels
Stephanie Lansing, University of Maryland, Creating renewable energy through sustainable nutrient management practices – digestion of manure and clover crops to reduce fossil fuel use in the Northeast.
Marshall Hayes, Cornell University, Experimental Evolution and Metabolic Engineering of Fusarium graminearum PH-1 and Colletotrichum navitas Cn09 for the Enhanced Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass.
ECONOMICS and SYSTEMS PROJECTS
CHEMISTRY and ENGINE RESEARCH
EXTENSION EDUCATION AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS
Thomas Brutnell, Cornell University- Boyce Thompson Institute, Community germination studies for bioenergy feedstocks in NY – an outreach module for student-driven research in high school science classrooms.
Daniel Ciolkosz, Pennsylvania State University, On-farm biomass densification education.
Michael Jacobson, Pennsylvania State University, Across the supply chain: Education and outreach in forest bioenergy.
William Sciarappa, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Development of on-line educational programming and agricultural bioenergy.
Susan Hawkins, University of Vermont, Bioenergy Multimedia Resource Development on eXtension.org.
Scott Sheer, The Ohio State University, Development and Dissemination of a Bioenergy Educational Curriculum for Children