Delivering bio-based fuels, chemicals, and materials for a decarbonized economy

Join us on September 11 at 3:30 p.m. for this Sustainable Energy Seminar presentation by Dr. Tim Donohue, Ira L. Baldwin Professor of Bacteriology and UW Foundation Fetzer-Bascom Professor, and director of both the Wisconsin Energy Institute and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.


Among society’s greatest challenges is developing sustainable and cost-effective ways to produce fuels, chemicals and materials while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2019, fossil fuels (petroleum, natural gas, and coal) supplied roughly 80% of the raw materials used for these purposes in the US, with the rest coming from renewable resources (nuclear, wind, hydroelectricity, and biofuels). To help meet this challenge, there is a growing call to develop bio-based methods to generate these products from abundant renewable resources. This session will review the scale of this grand societal challenge, illustrate advances needed to enable cost-competitive and lower net GHG synthesis of products needed by society, and discuss the environmental and socio-economic benefits of a bio-based industrial sector.


This event is offered both in-person at the Wisconsin Energy Institute and online through Zoom Webinar. If attending online, registration is required. Click here to register for this and all other webinars as part of the Sustainable Energy Seminar series in Fall 2023.

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