University of Delaware to study microbes for biofuel production

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Delaware a $1.5 million grant which will be used to study microbes for biofuel production.

A group of bacteria called clostridium, which can be found in low-oxygen environments, produces compounds that can be useful to makers of biofuel.

“The biology or the microbiology of complex systems is a very interesting field, and there is a lot of activity in it here at UD,” said Unidel Eugene du Pont chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware Eleftherios Papoutsakis in a Delaware Business Now article. “We hope that we will see even expanded activity in that field because it brings together so much from various disciplines, from chemistry to biology to microbiology, imaging, computational biology; they’re all important areas and growth areas in science and technology, which makes this exciting.”

The ultimate goal of the study is to create more environmentally friendly fuel.

This kind of progress bolsters Greater Philadelphia’s status as a top city for life sciences; in 2017, Philadelphia was ranked number five on JLL’s list of top regions in the nation for life sciences.