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Wayne State start-up company NextCAT awarded nearly $500,000 from NSF for Phase II SBIR
Date:8/29/2011

mart choice to manufacture and use. Biodiesel is nontoxic and biodegradable, and therefore it is environmentally safe. Advanced biofuels in general are produced domestically, thus lessening dependence on foreign oil. Also, producing advanced biofuels can stimulate the local economy through job creation in farming, transportation and production.

The NextCAT science team includes Steven Salley, Ph.D., professor of chemical engineering at WSU; Shuli Yan, Ph.D., research director at NextCAT; and Simon Ng, Ph.D., P.E., chief technology officer at NextCAT and interim associate dean for research in WSU's College of Engineering.

"This is very exciting news," said Ng. "The new funding will allow NextCAT to demonstrate our novel catalyst technology in an industrial facility, getting it one step closer to commercialization. It is satisfying to see academic research translated to industrial applications, and contributing to energy sustainability and security. Hopefully, NextCAT can participate in President Obama's new $500 million advanced biofuels initiative to spur the biofuels industry and enhance America's energy security."

"This award is great news for NextCAT," said Gloria Heppner, associate vice president for research at Wayne State University. "Their technology offers an exciting alternative to the current biodiesel fuel production process, and has great potential to make a major impact on our environment and economy."


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Contact: Julie O'Connor
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313-577-8845
Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research
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