Energy Research at the University of Washington

Richard Gustafson

Energy Research Area: Advanced Biofuels and Co-Products from Mixed Feedstocks

Denman Professor, Forest Resources
Adjunct Professor, Chemical Engineering
College of the Environment
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Our research goal is to develop processes that can efficiently convert cellulosic biomass into fuels and high value co-products. The approach is to develop technology for fractionating cellulosic biomass into component molecules and then use the most efficient processes to convert those into fuels and high value products. Specific areas of research include optimization of cellulosic pretreatments for ethanol production, modeling and optimization of integrated biorefineries, and novel separation methods for production of biofuels and bio-based chemicals.

Block diagram of biorefinery process simulation
Block diagram of biorefinery process simulation

Research Images

Biomass (wood fibers) stained to measure lignin content

Company Spin Outs / Technology Licensing

Record last updated on October 28th 2014 PDT.