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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.


News headline

Nathan Mosier appointed the Indiana Soybean Alliance Soybean Utilization Endowed Chair

"New Conversion Process Turns Biomass "Waste" into Lucrative Chemical Products"

LORRE Graduate Student, Studie Red Corn, was recently spotlighted in Purdue's Agriculture Magazine

Ajoy Velayudhan, former LORRE student, has recently been promoted to Professor, in the Department of Biochemical Engineering, University College London.

Abby Engelberth nominated for Women & Hi Tech Leading Lights' "Mentor Me" Award

Michael Ladisch appointed to Board of Directors of newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

Abby Engelberth selected as participant in Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Program

LORRE's Director, Michael Ladisch, named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

ABE/LORRE's Seockmo Ku: Honorable mention for Culture and Policy Graduate Student Poster


>>>LORRE News Archives


Events headline

Michael Ladisch moderated a panel discussion at the BIO Pacific Rim Summit Meeting, in San Diego, CA, on December 8, 2014. Click on the link below to view his presentation.

"Effects of Lignin and Phenolic Inhibitors on Enzyme Loading"

Several LORRE researchers attended the AIChE Meeting, in Atlanta, GA, November 2014. Click on the links below to view their presentations:

"Biomimetic Catalyst: Maximizing Yields of Hydroxymethylfurfural from Whole Biomass", B. Hewetson, A. Kreger, and N. S. Mosier

"Effect of Maleic Acid on the Selectivity of Glucose and Fructose Dehydration and Degradation", X. Zhang, B. Hewetson, and N. S. Mosier

"Ozonolysis as a Pre-Pretreatment for Compacted Bioenergy Feedstock", I. Beheshti Tabar, P. T. Murphy, and N. S. Mosier

"Hollow Fiber Microfiltration of Microorganisms from Food and Water", AIChE Webinar, December 3, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

"Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development", NCRCRD Webinar

LORRE students David Orrego, Jinsha Li, and Iman Beheshti, as well as Mike Ladisch and Abby Engelberth, participated in Purdue's UNICEF Campus Initiative Half Marathon. Click on the link above to learn more about this very worthwhile cause.