Energetic research into biofuels

Researchers across a spectrum of disciplines and areas in Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Olin School of Business are focused on alternative energy sources. Fuels from naturally-occuring organisms, the blue-green algae, are a key place to look. One important clue in this search: these organisms, over long periods of time, originally deposited the petroleum resources we have been tapping for our energy needs since the Industrial Revolution.  With an aim to fully understand the process of photosynthesis in cyanobacteria and an eye to increasing its speed and efficiency, plus its effect on global energy markets, this critical work is proceeding at a rapid pace. This slideshow provides a window into exciting research in a variety of campus groups and projects:

  • International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES)
  • Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC)
  • Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)
  • Economics, Olin Business School

Photo credits: Advanced Coal and Energy Research Facility, I-CARES, Jay Fram, Genevieve Hay, Joe Angeles, Ursula Goodenough Lab