November 21, 2011

Student Talk – Fuel from Biomass, Waste Plastics and Paper

Interdisciplinary Research Talk Series
by students & for students

Speaker: Sherry-Ann Tim Kee (’12), Aaditya Khanal (’12), Kyvory Henderson (’12), and Ankit Chandra (’12)

Date: November 30, 2011

Time and Place: 12:15pm; Hugel 100

Title: Fuel from Biomass, Waste Plastics and Paper

Advisers: Professor Javad Tavakoli and Professor Polly Piergiovanni (Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)


The search for sustainable energy sources has enhanced in recent years due to increasing global energy demands combined with limited sources of fossil fuels and the growing concern over the global environmental impact. An overview of three ongoing projects investigating production of fuels from waste plastics, waste paper, and algae are presented and advantages/challenges of each are discussed.

Sponsored by Lafayette Dean of The College, the Department of Computer Science, The Health and Life Science Program, Biotechnology/Bioengineering Program and the National Science Foundation. Contact Person: Xiaoyan Li, Computer Science,, 610-330-5416