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Sustainable Biomaterials researchers travel to India

March 18, 2015 – Drs. Robert Smith and Henry Quesada professors at the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech traveled to Hyderabad, India during November 6-17, 2014 to participate in the second conference and research meeting of the Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development (JCERD) project. The event took place at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad. 


Sustainable Biomaterials researchers travel to India Drs. smith and Quesada enjoying a break during the second day of the lignocellulosic biofuel conference in hyderabad, india.

During their visit, Drs. Smith and Que- sada participated as speakers and panelists at the Indo-US conference on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuel. Dr. Quesada presented on the chal- lenges that lignocellolosic biofuel plants are facing today in the U.S. and Dr. Smith discussed the future of the industry and why is important to better understand not just the pro- duction technology but also markets and the source of feedstocks.
Also, both researchers presented their progress on this research project. Smith and Quesada are identifying barriers and drivers impacting lignocellulosic ethanol production in the US. They are also working on the development of an optimization model to minimize cost and environmental impact in the supply chain of cellulosic feedstocks such as sorghum.

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