Bioenergy and Bioproducts

Advancing new forms of energy and products to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources and to bring new jobs and sources of income to Alabama.

Biosystems engineering professor among world’s most influential minds

Sushil Adhikari, an associate professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and an Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) researcher, has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s most influential minds. In a report titled The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014, Thomson Reuters presents the authors of the most highly cited research works of the past decade.

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Auburn researcher turning pine trees into gasoline

Sushil Adhikari, an Auburn University biosystems engineering associate professor and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station scientist, is conducting research with the potential to impact the state’s economy dramatically. Through a process known as gasification, Adhikari is converting pine trees into a gas that can be used to produce gasoline and other liquid fuels.

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Cultivating a new cash crop

What do the U.S. Department of Defense, arts and crafts tycoon Martha Stewart and College of Agriculture researcher David Blersch have in common? All three are embracing a new technology known as 3D printing to advance their respective fields. For Blersch, an ecological engineer and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, that means using the cutting-edge process to determine the optimal conditions for growing one of the planet’s most basic life forms, algae.

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