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UMass has partnered with Aston University (UK), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (China), University of Kentucky, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to develop the Global Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biorefining Network: GB3-Net.
The new multilateral university partnerships are created by the Global Innovation Initiative, a program funded by the U.S. and UK governments to foster multilateral research collaboration with higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. The goals of this joint effort between the U.S. and UK are to raise the bar for international collaboration while developing a new cadre of globally-savvy individuals, enhancing global research capacity, strengthening higher education institutional cooperation, and promoting the benefits of multilateral partnerships.

ReCommunity Holdings is currently sponsoring several research projects representing a unique collaboration of chemical engineering and life sciences researchers at a single institution.  They are investigating how to design select constituents from municipal solid waste that address the specific feedstock requirements for energy industry sectors.  The scope of work will advance the learning of the engineering of feed stocks for the most efficient production of sustainable energy / transportation fuels / industrial chemicals and customization of additives to reduce the emissions of electric power plants that currently rely on conventional energy resources (like coal). 

A proposal by five TIMBR investigators, in collaboration with colleagues at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Washington State University, was selected as one of 60 cutting-edge research projects aimed at dramatically improving how the U.S. produces and uses energy.

TIMBR investigator Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a prized Early Career Award in Basic Energy Sciences from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The award will provide $800,000 for five years to support his research on “Natural and Primary Catalysts for Molten Cellulose Pyrolysis to Targeted Biooils.”

TIMBR investigator Samuel P. Hazen of the UMass Biology Department has received a five-year, $750,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research grant to study what genetic mechanisms allow certain energy crops to produce more ethanol than others.

Sam Hazen received an award from the DOE to research the use of genomics and genetics in a model grass system to identify genes involved in light perception and signaling to increase the yield and improve the composition of bioenergy grasses. The project aims to provide valuable candidates for manipulation in bioenergy grass crops via targeted breeding or engineering efforts.

Nationally recognized “green gasoline” researcher and advocate George Huber, from the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been selected for an esteemed Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, which includes an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. Dr. Huber becomes the third member of the Chemical Engineering Department’s

 TIMBR researchers Jeff Blanchard and Susan Leschine explain how the discovery of the Q Microbe at UMass has introduced to industry an organism that directly converts non-edible plant residue, as well as industrial and municipal waste, to ethanol which is a liquid transportation fuel of growing importance to reducing dependance on petroleum.

Energy, The International Journal, has published a paper co-authored by Dr. Erin Baker, professor of industrial engineering and operations research at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and TIMBR faculty member. The paper is entitled, "Cellulosic biofuels: Expert views on prospects for advancement".