Bioenergy Research

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Nourredine (Nour) Abdoulmoumine
Assistant Professor
Biomass Conversion

Hem Bhandari
Assistant Professor
Bioenergy/biomass Feedstock

Joseph John (Joe) Bozell
Conversion of renewable materials

Stephen C. Chmely
Research Assistant Professor
Biomass conversion technologies

Nicole (Niki) Labbé

Timothy G. (Tim) Rials
Associate Dean and Associate Director
Renewable carbon

Groups and Facilities

(7 mentions)

Sun Grant BioWeb 
Providing current info to use biomass resources for bioenergy and bioproducts.

(3 mentions)

Center for Renewable Carbon 
Positioning Tennessee as a leader in reducing our dependence on petroleum.

(2 mentions)

Bio-Based Energy Analysis 
A potential win for energy, agriculture, and the environment.



UTIA AgResearch Continues To Advance Biofuels, Bioenergy and Biobased Products, 5/22/2018

Taking a Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy, 11/7/2016

UT Center Continues Quest for Low-Cost, High-Quality Bioenergy, 7/1/2016

Bioenergy Research Marches Toward Energy Independence, 8/29/2014


(1 mention)

Center for Renewable Carbon 
AgResearchers at UT are developing ways of converting renewable carbon sources from plants into fuels and other products

(1 mention)

Biofuel Refinery Groundbreaking 
Many believe America must find new ways to create energy and fuel. UT recently started construction on a biorefinery to research the manufacture of biofuels from agricultural products.


Recent Publications

Farm-Level Risk Management Potential of Pennycress as a Bioenergy Cover Crop in a Corn-Soybean Rotation.  Larson, J. A., C. Trejo-Pech, B. C. English, and T. E. Yu.  2019.  Selected Paper Presentation, Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) Annual Meeting, Birmingham, AL, February 2-5, 2019.

Genetic variation and expected per cycle biomass yield gain in lowland switchgrass Dalid, C., A. M. Saxton, F. L. Allen, V. R. Pantalone, S. Nayak, and H. Bhandari.  2018.  Crop Science, 58:1255-1264, Crop Science Society of America. [Abstract]

Spatially explicit modelling of biological productivity and economic attractiveness of short rotation woody crops Stanturf J., T. M. Young, and J. H. Perdue.  2018.  conference “Governing sustainability of bioenergy, biomaterial and bioproduct supply chains from for, In: Nielsen, T.F., Matuszak, A., Stupak, I., Futter, M. (eds.) (2018). Book of Abstracts. [Abstract]

Productivity and profitability potential for non-native Eucalyptus plantings in the southern USA Stanturf J., T. M. Young, J. H. Perdue, D. Dougherty, M. Pigot, Z. Guo, and X. Huang.  2018.  Forest Policy and Economics, 97:210-222. [Abstract]

Effect of Land Use Change for Bioenergy Production on Feedstock Cost and Water Quality Zhong, J., T. E. Yu, C. D. Clark, B. C. English, J. A. Larson, and C. L. Cheng.  2018.  Applied Energy, 210: 580-590.

Forest Resources for Bioenergy.  Avila, G.S  2017.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

The effects of switchgrass-derived biochar on bioenergy crop yield, plant composition, and soil properties.  Edmunds, C. W., A. Johnson, P. Kim, A. M. Saxton, M. A. Radosevich, T. G. Rials, and N. Labbe.  2017.  Biochar: chemical composition, soil applications, and ecological impacts, Geology and Mineralogy Research Developments Series, p47-72.

Rapid detection of ash and inorganic in bioenergy feedstocks using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy coupled with partial least-squares regression.  Edmunds, C. W., C. Hamilton, K. Kim, N. O. Andre, and N. Labbe.  2017.  Energy & Fuels, 31, 6080-6088.

Using a chelating agent to generate low ash bioenergy feedstock Edmunds, C. W., C. Hamilton, K. Kim, S. C. Chmely, and N. Labbe.  2017.  Biomass and Bioenergy, 96:12-18. [Abstract]

Development and use of a switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) transformation pipeline by the BioEnergy Science Center to evaluate plants for reduced cell wall recalcitrance.  Nelson, R. S., C. N. Stewart, Jr., J. Gou, S. Holladay, L. Gallego-Giraldo, A. Flanagan, D. G. J. Mann, H. Hisano, W. A. Wuddineh, C.R. Pooviaiah, A. Srivastava, A. K. Biswal, H. Shen, L. L. Escamilla-Treviño, J. Yang, C. F. Hardin, R. Nandakumar, C. Fu, J. Zhang, X. Xiao, R. Percifield, F. Chen, J. L. Bennetzen, M. Udvardi, M., R. A. Dixon, Z. Y. Wang, Y. Tang, D. Mohnen, and B. H. Davison.  2017.  Biotechnology for Biofuels.

The TcEG-1 beetle (Tribolium castaneum) cellulase produced in transgenic switchgrass is active at alkaline pH and auto-hydrolyzes biomass for increased cellobiose release Willis, J. D., J. N. Grant, M. Mazarei, L. M. Kline, C. S. Rempe, A. G. Collins, G. B. Turner, S. R. Decker, R. W. Sykes, M. F. Davis, N. Labbe, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2017.  Biotechnology for Biofuels, 10:230. [Abstract]

A Principal Component Analysis in Switchgrass Chemical Composition Aboytes, M., K. Castillo, T. E. Yu, C. Boyer, B. C. English, J. A. Larson, L. M. Kline, and N. Labbe.  2016.  Energies, 9, 913. [Abstract]