Renewable Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass: Lessons Learned from Bourbon Industries

Dr. Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh (Tik), Asst. Prof., Chemical Engineering Department, University of Louisville
When Sep 18, 2015
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Ernst Hall, Room 310
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Abstract

In our efforts to shift away from conventional petroleum-based feedstock to supply transportation fuels, plant biomass has emerged as an attractive renewable alternative. Its complex chemical make-up has created challenges that require unique processes to transform it into useful products. In this seminar, developments in biological processes will be presented in the context of converting biomass into Bourbon-like compounds that are currently blended in gasoline. Specific examples will be presented highlighting the role of novel spectroscopy in understanding reaction mechanisms of biomass conversion and how these mechanisms affect the downstream production of renewable fuels and chemicals. The theme of my research focuses around ‘bio-inspired systems,’ where we try to understand nature’s biological pathways and translate them into chemical conversion processes to make greener fuels and chemicals.

Speaker's Biography

Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh (or his colleagues call him ‘Tik’ for short) received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. After completing his Ph.D., Tik joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow in collaboration with Professors Harvey Blanch, Blake Simmons & Jay Keasling. Tik joined Chemical Engineering Dept. at the University of Louisville in 2015. His research theme focuses on catalyzing renewable materials for productions of fuels, chemicals, and polymers.