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ABE's Solomon wins DoE Career Award

People use enzymes to create fuels from plants, fungi to produce antimalarial drugs, and E. coli bacteria to generate life-saving insulin. These systems are attractive because they are sustainable and rely on renewable plant biomass, but they are still wildly inefficient.

Kevin Solomon, a Purdue assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, plans to improve the efficiency by using giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and horse dung and a U.S. Department of Energy Career Award, which supports the development of research programs by outstanding scientists early in their careers. The DOE will provide $750,000 over five years to fund his proposal, “Genetic Tools to Optimize Lignocellulose Conversion in Anaerobic Fungi and Interrogate Their Genomes.”

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ChE’s Pol named winner in Green Process Engineering

Vilas Pol, associate professor of chemical engineering, has been named the 2019 winner of the Program Committee’s Professional Achievement Award for Innovations in Green Process Engineering. The award is presented by the Innovations of Green Process Engineering for Sustainable Energy and Environment by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Pol was chosen for his distinguished contribution as an educator and for advancing innovations in green process engineering.

The award is sponsored by the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Pol will deliver an address during the AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando in November.

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