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University of Wisconsin–Madison professors Thomas R. “Rock” Mackie and Bulent Sarlioglu have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, the organization announced today.

Engine Research

| Jill Sakai
In a new study, a team from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center describes a multi-solvent extraction process that can isolate five major products obtained from poplar lignin.

Transportation & Fuels, Biofuels & Bioproducts, Plant Deconstruction

| Mary Riker
This week we spoke with Yanhua Xie, a postdoctoral researcher in the Holly Gibbs lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, to talk about why he came to UW-Madison, his recent publications on cropland and irrigation distribution in the U.S. and his plans for the future.

Environmental Studies, Sustainable Agriculture, Water, Modeling

| Mary Riker
This week we spoke with Leta Landucci, an undergraduate researcher in John Ralph's lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, to talk about her research into popular tree enzymes, how her research connects with plant engineering, and her experience working with talented scientists.

Women in STEM, Biofuels & Bioproducts, Plant Deconstruction

| Jill Sakai
Chemists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have developed a new approach that converts biomass into both carbohydrates and lignin-derived aromatic monomers in a single step. This approach avoids lignin degradation and mass losses that occur in traditional biomass separation methods and enables better product yields.

Transportation & Fuels, Plant Deconstruction

| Jill Sakai
A new collaboration with Wisconsin dairy industry stakeholders is developing processes to ferment dairy residues into organic chemicals and other useful products that can serve as a new revenue stream for farmers and support rural communities.

Biofuels & Bioproducts, Conversion, Sustainable Agriculture, Industry

| Natasha Kassulke
Tim Donohue, professor of bacteriology, has been named director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute. WEI provides leadership in energy and clean technology research, scholarship, education and outreach. The research institute administers collaborative research grants to develop sustainable alternatives to meet society’s ever-growing need for energy and ways to source it.

Energy & Society