| Celia Luterbacher

A new biomass breakdown method being developed by researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and the Los Alamos

| Matt Wisniewski and Heather Heggemeier

Jacob Backhaus

Jacob Backhaus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison talks about what researchers are looking for in an ideal renewable fuel that could replace fossil fuels without any perceivable difference to the consumer.

| Celia Luterbacher

The flight of stairs between the ground floor and the basement of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Engineering Research Building separates a tranquil academic hallway from what looks—and smells—like a busy mechanic’s garage.

| Great Lakes Bioenergy

MADISON - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison $25 million per year to fund the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) for another five years.

| Matt Wisniewski

Brian Pfleger

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher and University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Brian Pfleger explains what "fixed" carbon is.

Tom Jeffries is a scientist in the truest sense of the word. His passion for studying biofuel is evident as he describes is 40-year career in the field, yet he emphasizes that he is careful not to favor one technology over another.

Instead, Jeffries relies on pragmatism to guide his research.

| Celia Luterbacher

Interview with Julie Sinistore, former GLBRC Sustainability researcher, who is now a Senior Life Cycle Analyst at Virent, Inc.


GLBRC: What was your role at GLBRC, and when did you work here?

Marginal lands ­– those unsuited for food crops – can serve as prime real estate for meeting the nation’s alternative energy production goals.

| Leith Nye

During the summer of 2012, our Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program expanded to include collaborations between researchers and teachers both at UW-Madison and Michigan State University. We had four teachers working with GLBRC scientists on a range of research and curriculum development projects.

Read on to learn about the activities of each of the 2012 RET participants.

| Celia Luterbacher

In most college classes, students are quizzed with questions and the professors already know the answer. But CS 699, a special topics course in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, turns that teaching method on its head: university scientists turn to students to help crack their toughest research questions.