Mission - The Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels

Mission

Grand-Challenge-Science
Purdue University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Northeastern University (NEU) and the University of Tennessee (UT), form a strategic partnership to develop transformational knowledge and enabling technologies that maximize the energy and carbon efficiencies of biofuel production by the rational and synergistic design both of biomass and of thermal and chemical conversion processes. The Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels is focused on generating and using new knowledge of catalyst-biomass interactions driven by strong collaboration between experts in the structure, biochemistry and synthesis of biomass, in advanced imaging and analytical techniques, and in chemical engineering and catalysis. Interdisciplinary teamwork promotes a culture of creativity at the interface of physical and life sciences as biologists’ knowledge of biomass chemistry and capabilities to engineer plant characteristics combine with the catalytic science and technology of engineers and chemists.

The Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Award Number DE-SC0000997.

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