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LSU professors work to improve efficiency of ethanol fuel
Date:8/13/2007

Steve Overbury and Viviane Schwarz at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will test new catalysts with their specialized equipment while Joe Allison and Vis Viswanathan at Conoco-Phillips will analyze the costs and commercial potential of the overall process.

Kumar is in charge of designing and synthesizing novel nano-structured catalysts using wet-chemical synthesis capabilities available at CAMD in addition to utilizing synchrotron radiation-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy tools. Nanomaterials having unique core-shell architecture that are currently under development at CAMD are anticipated to enhance ethanol production significantly.

It is CAMDs vision to be in the forefront of development of nanomaterials for a broad range of applications ranging from catalysis to medical diagnosis and therapy, said Kumar.

The DOE is definitely interested in seeing a commercial project come out of this, said Spivey. Our project team is committed to making this happen. A successful project will help show that LSU is focused on research that makes sense for the environment and for our country.


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Contact: Ashley Berthelot
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Louisiana State University
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