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CU-led Team Receives Grant for Biofuels Research

Colorado University BoulderA team led by Ryan Gill, a fellow of CU-Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to produce biofuels.

CU Boulder E Coli Biofuels Research

The grant is for $9.2 million over five years to research modifying E. coli. The researchers hope to engineer the production of ethylene and isobutanol in the modified E. coli. The two compounds are widely used commodities that can be converted into gasoline among other chemicals.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to take what we have worked on for the past decade to the next level,” said Gill.

Included in the team are Rob Knight, CU-Boulder associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Pin-Ching Maness, principal scientist at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL; and Adam Arkin, physical biosciences director at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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