UT lands $500,000 grantWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Two UT professors are the recipients of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Sasidhar Varanasi, professor of chemical engineering, and Patricia Relue, associate professor of bioengineering, are working to create ethanol for biofuels out of glucose derived from wood, switch grass, corn stalks and leaves.
The sugars produced could increase ethanol production by 30 percent or more, according to a news release.
Varanasi is also conducting biofuel research with Suganit Systems, a company based in UT’s alternative energy incubator that has three related patents licensed to it.