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Sandia Seeks Stronger Algae

Tough enough? That’s what researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are trying to find out. Algal biofuel—fuel made from algae—might one day be an option at the pump, but not when approximately 30 percent of an algae crop is lost due to pond crashes. An article in BioMass Magazine describes how Sandia is seeking tougher algae [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Biofuels, News, News & Events|Comments Off on Sandia Seeks Stronger Algae

Sandia Research to Be Featured on Upcoming Cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Several Sandia Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) researchers, in collaboration with others in Kentucky and India, have published, “Theoretical insights into the role of water in the dissolution of cellulose using IL/water mixed solvent systems,” which the editors selected for Journal of Physical Chemistry B’s Nov. 12th issue cover. The continued reliance of the global transportation energy [...]

JBEI Featured in Chemical & Engineering News Cover Article

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) are working to transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is now a member of the elite “100/ 500 Club,” having filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt) The Chemical [...]

Sandia’s Algae Nutrient Recycling Project Is a Triple Win

Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the largest costs in cultivating algae for biofuel production. Sandia molecular biologists (in Sandia’s Systems Biology Dept.) and Ryan Davis (in Sandia’s Biomass Science and Conversion Technology Dept.) have shown they can recycle ~⅔ of those critical nutrients, and aim to raise the recycling rate to close to 100%. [...]

“Bionic” Liquids from Lignin: Joint BioEnergy Institute Results Pave the Way for Closed-Loop Biofuel Refineries

While ionic liquids (paired-ions salts that are liquid at room temperature) show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving advanced-biofuel economics, an even more promising candidate is now on the horizon—“bionic” liquids. Bionic liquids derived from lignin and hemicellulose show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose. The current [...]

By | December 11th, 2014|Biofuels, Biomass, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on “Bionic” Liquids from Lignin: Joint BioEnergy Institute Results Pave the Way for Closed-Loop Biofuel Refineries

Sandia Video Featured by DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office

Sandia is working on a second generation of biofuels that can be refined from more abundant, less costly feedstocks. In July 2014, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released the short documentary film Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future, which highlights stories of individuals and companies who are passionate about achieving the promise of biofuels [...]

By | December 10th, 2014|Biofuels, Biomass, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Sandia Video Featured by DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office

Joint BioEnergy Institute Oxime–NIMS Work Featured on the Cover of ACS Chemical Biology

Sugars released from plant biomass by multifunctional glycoside hydrolases can be converted to oxime adducts suitable for quantitative analysis by nanostructure-initiator mass spectrometry (NIMS) and simulations of deconstruction kinetics. Art designers: Brian Fox and Daniel Strong. The oxime-based nanostructure-initiator mass spectrometry (NIMS) work of Kai Deng (in Sandia’s Biotechnology & Bioengineering Dept.) et al. [...]

By | July 31st, 2014|Biofuels, Biomass, Capabilities, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Joint BioEnergy Institute Oxime–NIMS Work Featured on the Cover of ACS Chemical Biology

Renewables, Other Energy Issues To Be Focus of Enhanced Sandia-SINTEF Collaboration

Under an expanded agreement, a decades-long partnership between Sandia and the Norwegian research organization SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning) will now tackle energy challenges such as renewable-energy integration, grid modernization, gas technologies, and algae-based biofuels. SINTEF is the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, with expertise in the natural sciences and technology, the [...]

Lignin-Feasting Microbe Holds Promise for Biofuels

Nature designed lignin, the tough woody polymer in the walls of plant cells, to bind and protect the cellulose sugars that plants use for energy. For this reason, lignin is a major challenge for those who would extract those same plant sugars and use them to make advanced biofuels. As part of their search for [...]

By | November 27th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Office of Science, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Lignin-Feasting Microbe Holds Promise for Biofuels

CINT Computer Simulation Guide for Designing Polymeric Nanoparticles Published

Monomer chemical structure (top right), the nanoparticle, as made (top left) and in equilibrium in water. The curves in the center correspond to the static structure factor S(q) as the function of q for polymer substituted (solid triangles) and without (open triangles) side chains in water with best fit to a fuzzy spherical form [...]

By | October 29th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, CINT, Energy, Facilities, Materials Science, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Research & Capabilities, Systems Engineering|Comments Off on CINT Computer Simulation Guide for Designing Polymeric Nanoparticles Published