Video Highlights from the 2010 OK EPSCoR Annual State Conference

Monday, March 7, 2011

Researchers from across the state gathered to highlight Oklahoma’s bioenergy research efforts during the 2010 Oklahoma EPSCoR Annual State Conference in April.

Some of the bioenergy research leaders in attendance took time to discuss the status, future and goals of national bioenergy research efforts and how it impacts our society. Below is a summary for each leader and a link to their video. Please take time to learn about their contribution to bioenergy research efforts and what it means to you.

George Antos

Director | Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program| Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division | Engineering Directorate | National Science Foundation

George Antos is the Director of the Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. This program receives 150-200 proposals for university research funding in fundamental catalysis, biocatalysis, biomass conversion, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis each year with millions of dollars awarded annually. His experience encompasses the research, development and commercialization of process, catalyst and material technologies for the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries.

He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is CEO of Catalyst Realizations, Inc., a consulting company.

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Brian Davison

Chief Scientist | Systems Biology and Biotechnology | Oak Ridge National Laboratory

In his twenty-five years at ORNL, Brian Davison has performed biotechnology research in variety of areas including bioconversion of renewable resources (ethanol, organic acids, and solvents), non-aqueous biocatalysis, systems analysis of microbes (cultivation and proteomics), biofiltration of VOCs, mixed cultures, immobilization of microbes and enzymes, metal biosorption, and extractive fermentations. The theme connecting his work, it is at the interface of solid, liquid, and gas phases between biocatalysts and their environments.

He is also an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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Larry Walker

Professor | Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering | Cornell University | Director | Northeast Sun Grant Institute of Excellence

Walker’s research and education activities are focused on industrial biotechnology solutions to energy and environmental challenges. His team explores research problems that are at the interface between the biological and physical sciences.

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Yong Wang

Yong Wang | Laboratory Fellow | Associate Director | Institute for Interfacial Catalysis | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Yong Wang joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1994 and was promoted to Laboratory Fellow in 2005. He led the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Team from 2000 to 2007, and has served as the Associate Director of Institute for Interfacial Catalysis since 2008.

Most recently, Wang assumed a joint position at Washington State University and PNNL. In this unique position, he continues to be a Laboratory Fellow at PNNL and is the Voiland Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering at WSU, a full professorship with tenure.

Wang is best known for his leadership in the development of novel catalytic materials and reaction engineering for the conversion of fossil and biomass feedstocks to fuels and chemicals.

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