In recent years, Kim Ogden has developed novel ways to use plants or algae for high yields of biofuel and other useful bioproducts. Now she is Director of a new Institute for Energy Solutions that is integrating the development and deployment of renewable and fossil-based energy in the broadest sense: the Institute brings together academics, industry, and the community to find effective ways to generate energy, store the energy for use at low-production times, maximize economic use of energy byproducts, and increase public awareness of the opportunities offered by various energy sources. In addition, she has received a $15M grant from USDA-NIFA to explore methods to efficiently grow guayule plants for use as a source of natural rubber. This is a collaboration with Bridgestone Americas, Inc., the tire makers; and the rest of the planet, or the “bagasse,” will be converted to jet fuel.
In this episode:
Kim Ogden, Ph.D., Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Leslie Tolbert, Ph.D., Regents' Professor in Neuroscience