Bioenergy is energy derived from renewable, biological materials such as grains, crop residues (straw, etc.), wood, crops grown as energy feedstocks, and animal waste. Bioenergy is a broad area that encompasses biofuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, green diesel, and green gasoline from lignocellulosic materials as well as biogas produced from animal waste. Use of bioenergy reduces U.S. dependence on foreign oil and has many positive potential environmental impacts. Purdue Agriculture researchers are hard at work on these issues that include topics in biocatalysis, bioprocess design, scale-up, modeling and economics, and assessing environmental impacts of bioenergy use. Specific topics of bioenergy study in ABE include enzyme, microbial, and mimetic Biocatalysis; Fermentation; and Metabolic Engineering , Biomass Characterization, and Processing; Bioprocessing of Renewable Resources & Biological Materials to Value-Added Products; Distribution Logistics of Biomass Feedstock and Fuels; Biomass Production, Harvesting, and Handling, and plant science at the interface of molecular genetics and bio- and thermo-chemical processing. This work is done in a multi-disciplinary manner with the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering, the C3Bio Center of Discovery Park, and the Departments of Biochemistry, Agronomy, and Chemistry.


Abstracts From Recent Graduate Student Research

Our Bioenergy Faculty are involved in a number of projects including:

  • Bernard Engel - Multiobjective Watershed Management Support System for Spatial Allocation of Agricultural Conservation Practices
  • Klein Ileleji - Logistics and Handling of Preprocessed Biomass particles and Flowable Pellets
  • Nathan Mosier - Biocatalytic Processing for Renewable Resource Utilization
  • Richard Stroshine - Marketing and Delivery of Quality Grains and BioProcess Coproducts
  • Bernard Tao - Value-added products from agricultural commodities
  • Bernard Tao - The Science and Engineering for a Biobased Industry and Economy