Art Ragauskas

Art Ragauskas Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Arthur Ragauskas, Governor’s Chair in Biorefinery and Research Council Member in the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.  Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles. 

Jerry Tuskan

Facebook Live with CBI Director Jerry Tuskan

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Center for Bioenergy Innovation Director, Jerry Tuskan gives a tour of the greenhouses at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and discusses ongoing projects focused on advanced biofuels, sustainable feedstocks and lignin feedstocks for plastics. 

Biomass Characteristics

Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass Strategies

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Diverse characterization methods have been developed to elucidate physicochemical, thermal and morphological properties of biomass and its products.  Biofuels Digest ( posted a Guide to Characterizing Lignocellulosic Biomass compiled by CBI members Arthur J.

Plant Journal Award

CBI authors received Silver Award from The Plant Journal

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The Silver Award for “Best Original Article” published in The Plant Journal in 2017 was awarded to the authors of “The Physcomitrella patens chromosome-scale assembly reveals moss genome structure and evolution”.  CBI authors included: Lee Gunter, Wellington Muchero, Priya Ranjan, and Gerald A. Tuskan.

Miguel Rodriquez, ORNL

Gene improves plant growth and conversion to biofuels

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A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. Due to the composition of plant cell walls, plant material is not efficiently broken down or deconstructed to the basic sugars that are converted to biofuels.

Dan Jacobson, ORNL

Dan Jacobson : Embracing complexity in biological systems

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Dan Jacobson is illuminating the workings of biological systems from the molecular scale up by leveraging Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputing resources to create machine and deep-learning techniques more easily understood by humans, an evolving field called explainable artificial intelligence (AI).

CBI Director, Jerry Tuskan

CBI Director makes Clarivate Analytics' highly cited list

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Gerald Tuskan, University of North-Texas’ Richard Dixon and University of California-Riverside’s Charles Wyman make Clarivate Analytics’ highly cited list.


SimPath licenses novel ORNL system for enhanced synthetic biology

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SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines and fuels.

Wellington Muchero

Preserving Tennessee's clean energy tradition

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Clean energy innovation has been an essential part of Tennessee's fabric for more than eight decades. Tennesseans have continued to contribute to some of our nation's most significant energy technology breakthroughs, and in the process created jobs, increased international competitiveness...

Plants to Plastic

ORNL turning plants into plastic as part of new research project

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Developing the next generation of biofuels and plant-based alternatives to petroleum-based plastics is happening at the new Center for Bioenergy Innovation in Oak Ridge.

The new center will be housed in the existing greenhouse and lab area of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL is of one of four locations chosen for the new five-year research project beginning October 1.

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Tamara Rogers
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