The efficient conversion of insoluble plant biomass to soluble sugars is a major challenge to the economical production of bioenergy products. To remove this bottleneck, new treatments are needed for processing feedstocks such as corn stover, switchgrass or wood chips. In this area, the long-term goal of the GLBRC will be to develop new physical and biological ways to process plant biomass.
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Michigan State University
Dale is an expert on making ethanol from cellulose, plant stalks, grass, corn cobs and other woody plant parts and has developed a patented process called ammonia fiber expansion (AFEX),...