A Roadmap for Selective Deconstruction of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Advanced Biofuels and Useful Co-Products
Biomass is an annually renewable resource of home-grown energy available from U.S. agriculture and forestry. The long-term goal of the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) is to enable the replacement of petrochemical refineries with next generation hydrocarbon biorefineries that utilize any type of plant biomass, minimize the land area required to grow biomass crops, and make high-value bioproducts and fuels compatible with existing transportation infrastrucutre.
C3Bio researchers integrate plant genetics and molecular biology, catalytic chemistry, engineering and nanotechnology to optimize the energy and carbon efficiencies of conversion of biomass to advanced biofuels.
Maureen McCann is the Director of Purdue’s Energy Center, part of the Global Sustainability Initiative in Discovery Park. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1987, and then a PhD in Botany at the John Innes Centre, Norwich UK, a government-funded research institute for plant and microbial sciences. She stayed at the John Innes Centre for a post-doctoral, partly funded by Unilever, and then as a project leader with her own group from 1995, funded by The Royal Society. In January 2003, she moved to Purdue University as an Associate Professor, and she is currently a Professor of Biological Sciences.