The Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering
The Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE) was established in 1978 to carry out research, training, and discovery in transforming renewable resources into biofuels and bioproducts. Renewable resources are exactly what their name implies - renewable - and provide a means to recycle carbon and mitigate the rise of greenhouse gases. LORRE's mission has stayed the same, while basic science has advanced in areas of molecular biology, yeast genetics, bioprocess technology, and biological and biochemical engineering. Application of engineering and biochemical fundamentals has increased understanding of the structure and function of the building block of plants, i.e., the cell wall, as well as the catalysts capable of deconstructing it in a directed and efficient manner. When this knowledge is coupled to the art and science of scale-up, bioprocesses and catalysts result that translate the fundamental work of LORRE into industrial systems that are economic, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. These processes contribute to a platform upon which a new industry is being built, and in which the Laboratory strives to be a leader.
The Applied and Environmental Microbiology Journal spotlighted an article published by LORRE researchers in their November, 2013 issue:
LORRE's Director, Michael Ladisch, named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
LORRE Graduate Student, Seockmu Ku, received an Honorable Mention for his poster presented in Purdue's "Health and Disease: Science, Culture and Policy Graduate Student Poster Competition".
Dr. George Tsao, the Founding Director of LORRE, was recently honored for LORRE's contributions to the industrial biotechnology field, by SCD-iBIO, at their annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. To read more about Dr. Tsao's many accomplishments, please click here: George T. Tsao, 2013 SCD-iBIO Honoree.