Building a better biofuel

An engineering team at Washington University in St. Louis is using E. coli to manufacture biofuel. New research from the lab further refines the process.

Biofuels could hold the key to greener, more environmentally sound energy, transportation, and product options. Scientists have already figured out how to engineer microbes’ metabolic pathways, turning them into tiny biofuel manufacturers. Now new research from Fuzhong Zhang, associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, further refines the process, joining together the favorable traits of different bacteria in to create a new biofuel product that matches current engines better than those that previously have been produced.

Fuzhong ZhangZhang’s new research is the next step toward large-scale manufacture of these advanced biofuels.

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