30 May 2013
13:00, Large Lecture Theatre
The path to commercial lignocellulosic biofuels
Professor Ian Dobson
Lignocellulose deconstruction to simpler constituents such as sugars or syngas and subsequent conversion to liquid fuel molecules has been an ongoing focus of research for decades. That Lignocellulose derived liquid fuels are always five years away has been a hollow joke for some time now. Recently this has changed as several parties, including BP, now have technology in demonstration. The beginnings of a new industry are close. The seminar looks at what the practical options are, what is catalysing commercialisation now and what challenges still remain.