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Brad Saville, Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

Research area:

Alternative Fuels, Life cycle studies, Energy policy

Specialty focus areas:

Biofuels and Bioenergy; Life Cycle Assessment of Bioenergy Systems; Financial and Technical Evaluation of Bioprocesses and Bioenenergy Infrastructure


This research primarily focuses on biomass conversion to biofuels, specifically examining biomass pretreatment, hydrolysis and fermentation. Activities include process design and scale-up, evaluation and characterization of enzymes, and investigations of inhibitors that influence hydrolysis and fermentation. ... In this research, we develop full process models using Aspen Plus software, for various feedstock, process, product and co-product combinations. These models are then combined with life cycle software to assess GHG and other emissions. Systems under investigation include lignocellulosic biofuels, renewable diesel and jet fuel, and anaerobic digestion of organic wastes. ... These activities focus on technical and financial evaluation of biofuel/bioenergy processes, assessment of bioenergy infrastructure, and evaluation of incentive/support schemes for biofuels and bioenergy, such as feed-in tariffs, mandates, and producer incentives.

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