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Research Awards

Research in Bioenergy at Kansas State University

Bioenergy and related research has been ongoing and strong at Kansas State University. For a complete listing of KSU's recent bioenergy-related grants please see the links below.

CSE Faculty is highlighted below with links to their homepages.

2011 Bioenergy Research Awards

Kramer, Bradley A., and Becker, Gina Y., (Advanced Manufacturing Institute), Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, $31,480, "PFI: Kansas Bioprocessing Science and Engineering Center."

Langemeier, Michael R. (Agricultural Ecomonics), Nelson, Richard G. (Chemical Engineering), and Staggenborg, Scott A. (Agronomy), US Department of Energy, $100,000, "Design and Demonstration of an Advanced Agricultural Feedstock Supply System for Lignocellulosic Bioenergy Production."

Bergtold, Jason S., Langemeier, Michael R., Peterson, Jeffrey M.  (Agricultural Economics), Staggenborg, Scott A. (Agronomy), and Williams, Jeffery R. (Agricultural Economics), US Department of Agriculture, $499,334, "Small and Medium Size Farmers Ability and Willingness to Supply Carbon Offsets through Carbon Markets and Conservation Crop Production Systems."

Tesso, Tesfaye, Prasad, P.V. Vara, Roozeboom, Kraig L., and Yu, Jianming (Agronomy), Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, $81,200, "Breeding Sorghum for Improved Production and Utilization."

Prasad, P.V. Vara, Tesso, Tesfaye, and Yu, Jianming (Agronomy), Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, $52,000, "Screening Sorghum Germplasm for Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Biofuel Production."

Rice, Charles W., Staggenborg, Scott A. (Agronomy, and Wang, Donghai (Biological and Agricultural Engineering), Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, $15,000, "Development and Utilization of Sorghum as Feedstock for Biofuel Production."

Rice, Charles W., Harrington Jr, John A. (Geography), and Hutchinson, Stacy L. (Biological and Agricultural Engineering), National Science Foundation, $918,099, "Understanding Climate Change in the Great Plains: Source, Impact, and Mitigation."

Rice, Charles W., US Department of Education, $77,245, "Providing Education in Face of Climate Change, Food and Energy Scarcity."

Rice, Charles W., Staggenborg, Scott A., and Wang, Donghai (Biological and Agricultural Engineering), Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, $25,000, "Development and Utilization of Sorghum as Feedstock for Biofuel Production."

Champion, Benjamin (multiple depts), Devlin, Daniel L. (Agronomy), and Rice, Charles W., National Science Foundation, $979,136, "CCEP-I: Central Great Plains Climate Change Education Partnership."

Staggenborg, Scott A., Madl, Ronald L. (Grain Science and Industry), and Wang, Donghai (Biological and Agricultural Engineering), US Department of Transportation, $35,000, "Bio-Oil From Pyrolysis of Sorghum Biomass."

Staggenborg, Scott A., US Department of Energy, $30,225, "Regional Biomass Feedstock Partnership."

Wang, Donghai, U.S. Department of Transportation, $75,000 Evaluation of the Potential of Big Bluestem for Biofuel Production

Wang, Donghai, US Department of Agriculture, $45,000, "Bio-industrial Uses of Sorghum Proteins."

Rezac, Mary E., National Science Foundation, $297,351, "REU Site: Summer Academy in Sustainable BioEnergy."

Rezac, Mary E., Dow Corning Corporation, $25,000, "Determining the Preferred Alternative Energy Utilization Strategy for a Dow Corning Manufacturing Facility and Completion of an Initial Process Design of the Preferred System."

Gruenbacher, Don M., Lewis, Christopher L., Miller, Ruth D., Natarajan, Balasubramaniam, and Pahwa, Anil (Electrical and Computer Engineering), US Department of Energy, $180,000, "Wind Energy and Sustainable Energy Solutions"

Vadlani, Praveen V., Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc., $40,000, "Paper Mill Waste Bioconversion to High-Value Products."

2010 Bioenergy Research Awards

Bergtold, Jason S., Langemeier, Michael R., Nelson, Richard G. (CSE), Staggenborg, Scott A. (Agronomy), and Williams, Jeffery R., US Department of Transportation, $102,479, "Farmers' Willingness to Produce Cellulosic Biofuel Feedstocks Under Alternative Contractual, Pricing and Harvesting Arrangements."

Langemeier, Michael R., Nelson, Richard G. (CSE), Staggenborg, Scott A. (Agronomy), and Wang, Donghai (Biological and Agricultural Engineering), US Department of Transportation, $60,952, "Investigation/Simulation of Environmental Impacts and Economic Impacts and Economic Feasibility for Sweet Sorghum as a Sustainable Bioenergy Crop in South Central United States to help meet EISA Goals."

Peterson, Jeffrey M., Aistrup, Joseph (Political Science), Bergtold, Jason S., and Kulcsar, Laszlo (Sociology), National Science Foundation, $215,3222, "Farmers' Decisions to Grow Crops for Fuel."

Prasad, P. V. Vara, Roozeboom, Kraig L., and Staggenborg, Scott A., Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, $10,000, "Development of a Forage Harvester for Research Plots."

Prasad, P. V. Vara, Tesso, Tesfaye, and Yu, Jianming, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, $52,000, "Screening Sorghum Germplasm for Abiotic Stress Tolerence and Biofuel Production."

Drouillard, James S., and Wang, Donghai (Biological and Agricultural Engineering), Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, $14,000, "Effect of Decortication on Feed Quality of Sorghum DDGS."

Johnson, Loretta C., Herman, Michael A., Joern, Anthony, and Sandercock, Brett K. (Biology), US Department of Education, $262,530, "Training in Integrative Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Genomics in Changing Environments."

Pei, Zhijian, Wang, Donghai, National Science Foundation, Ultrasonic Vibration-Assisted Pelleting of Cellulosic Biomass for Biofuel Manufacturing, $360,033

Wang, Donghai, and Pei, Zhijian (Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering), National Science Foundation, $11,000, "Ultrasonic Vibration-assisted Pelleting of Cellulosic Biomass for Biofuel Manufactoring."

Wang, Donghai, US Department of Agriculture, $85,000, "Developing Technology and Procedures to Measure Characteristics of Grain and Plants."

Wang, Donghai, US Department of Agriculture, $8,000, "Bio-industrial Uses of Sorghum Proteins."

Yuan, Wenqiao, National Science Foundation, $22,000, "CAREER: Multi-Scale Structured Solid Carriers Enabling Algae Biofuel Manufacturing in the Ocean."

Yuan, Wenqiao, National Science Foundation, "CAREER: Multi-Scale Structured Solid Carriers Enabling Algae Biofuel Manufacturing in the Ocean", $400,000

Hohn, Keith L., Wang, Donghai, National Science Foundation, Acid-functionalized Nanoparticles for Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass, $322,999

Hohn, Keith L., and Higgins, Daniel A. (Chemistry), American Chemical Society, $100,000, "Single Molecule Spectroscopy for Characterization of Mesoporous Acid Catalysts."

Hohn, Keith L., and Wang, Donghai, (Biological and Agricultural Engineering)National Science Foundation, $161,500, "Acid- Functionalized Nanoparticles for Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass."

Edgar, James H., Pfromm, Peter H., and Rezac, Mary E., National Science Foundation, $1,598,997, "Sustainable Energy Solutions via Systems-Based Research: A Proposal to Modernize the Sustainable Energy Research Infrastructure in Durland Hall."

Rezac, Mary E., Edgar, James H. and Pfromm, Peter H., National Science Foundation, Sustainable Energy Solutions via Systems-Based Research: Modernizing the Sustainable Energy Research Infrastructure in Durland Hall, $1,598,997

Rezac, Mary E., and Pfromm, Peter H., US Department of Agriculture, $188,369, "Membrane Reactor Technology for the Efficient Conversion of Biomass to Industrial Chemicals."

Rezac, Mary E., and Madl, Ronald L. (Grain Science and Industry), US Department of Energy, $500,000, "Kansas State University Center for Sustainable Energy."

Schlup, John R., US Department of Transportation, $26,653, "Online Courses on Biorenewable Resources and on Engineering Sustainability."

Aikens, Christine, National Science Foundation, CAREER: Theoretical Development of Bio-Inspired Water Splitting Photocatalysts, $599,500

Li, Jun, National Science Foundation, $238,581, "Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy."

Miller, Ruth D., Carter, David A. (Kansas Industrial Extension Services), Scoglio, Caterina M. (Kansas Industrial Extension Services), and Snead, Bruce C. (Kansas Industrial Extension Services), US Department of Energy, $163,968, "Resourceful Kansas: A Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Blueprint."

Miller, Ruth D., US Department of Energy, $10,000, "Wind for Schools Wind Application Center: Kansas."

Miller, Ruth D., Kuhn, William B., Pahwa, Anil, and Rys, Andrew (Electrical and Computer Engineering), US Department of Energy, $65,000, "Curriculum Development in Sustainable Electric Power Generation."

Miller, Ruth D. (Electrical and Computer Engineering), National Renewable Energy Laboratory, $242,458, "High Plains Small-Wind-Turbine Test Center."

Miller, Ruth D.  (Electrical and Computer Engineering),  US Department of Energy, $9,733, "Wind for Schools Wind Application Center: Kansas."

Madl, Ronald L., Kramer, Bradley A. (Advanced Manufacturing Institute), Trewyn, R. W. (Office of the Provost), and Tucker, Jeffrey W. (Advanced Manufacturing Institute), National Science Foundation, $599,967, "Kansas Bioprocessing Science and Engineering Center."

Madl, Ronald L., US Department of Education, $14,120, "Integral Valorization of Bio- Production." [this is the FIPSE project yearly add amount]

Pei, Zhijian, Wang, Donghai, National Science Foundation, Ultrasonic Vibration-Assisted Pelleting of Cellulosic Biomass for Biofuel Manufacturing, $360,033

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Dunn, William L., Abdou, Ali, and Shultis, J. Kenneth, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, $345,000, "Establishment of Nuclear Engineering Faculty Development and Assistance Program at Kansas State University."

McGregor, Douglas S. (Mechancial and Nuclear Engineering), US Department of Defense, $1,378,797, "Multi-Disciplined Research in Nuclear Detection."

Harmoney, Keith R., US Department of Energy, $31,714, "CRP Management for Biomass Feedstock Production."

Blanco, Humberto, US Department of Agriculture, $173,278, "Establishment of Permissible Levels of Corn, Wheat, and Sorghum Residue Removal as Biofuel Feedstocks."

Murphy, James P., US Department of Agriculture, $93,057, "Renewable Resources Extension Act Program."

Chapman, Kirby S., Pipeline Research Council International, Inc., $73,000, "Modeling of NSCR Performance and EGO Sensor Output with Exhaust Mixtures from Natural Gas-Fueled Engines."

Holman, Johnathan D., Ceres, Inc., $21,750, "Switchgrass Variety Evaluation Trial."

2009 Bioenergy Research Awards

Stamm, Michael J., Sun Grant Initiative (U.S. Department of Transportation), Biodiesel Feedstock Development for the Southern Great Plains, $63,680

Wang, Donghai, Madl, Ronald L., Staggenborg, Scott A.  Sun Grant Initiative (U.S. Department of Transportation), Bio-Oil from Fast Pyrolysis of Forage Sorghum Biomass, $70,000

Wang, Donghai, Madl, Ronald L., Staggenborg, Scott A., Woolverton, Michael, Sun Grant Initiative (U.S. Department of Transportation), Develop Comprehensive Understanding and Utilization of Sorghum Stover and Brown Midrib Forage Sorghum for Ethanol Production, $70,000

Hohn, Keith L., Erickson, Larry E., National Science Foundation, REU Site: Earth, Wind, and Fire: Sustainable Energy for the 21st Century, $269,445

Nelson, Richard G., Staggenborg, Scott A., Langemeier, Michael R., Sun Grant Initiative (U.S. Department of Transportation), Investigation/Simulation of Environmental Impacts and Economic Feasibility for Sweet Sorghum as a Sustainable Bioenergy Crop in South Central United States to Help Meet EISA Goals, $60,952

Rezac, Mary E., Pfromm, Peter H., Peterson, Jeffrey M., Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R., National Science Foundation, IGERT: From Crops to Commuting: Integrating the Social, Technological, and Agricultural Aspects of Renewable and Sustainable Biorefining (I-STAR), $1,232,102

Schlup, John, Sun Grant Initiative (U.S. Department of Transportation), Online Courses on Biorenewable Resources and on Engineering Sustainability, $52,370

2008 Bioenergy Research Awards

Rezac, Mary E., Nelson, Richard G., National Science Foundation, I/UCRC Center for Bioenergy Research and Development, $102,000

2007 Bioenergy Research Awards

Staggenborg, Scott, Wang, Donghai, Sun Grant Initiative (U.S. Department of Transportation), Evaluation of Sweet Sorghum Hybrids as a Bioenergy Feedstock for the South Central U.S.-Germplasm Development and Agronomic Practices, $24,817

Pfromm, Peter H., Sun Grant Initiative (U.S. Department of Transportation). Saline Extractive Distillation for Ethanol Separation, $69,998

Rezac, Mary E., Sun Grant Initiative (U.S. Department of Transportation), Breaking the Cost Barrier for Bio-Ethanol; Reactive Adsorption of Fermentation Broth, $70,000

2006 Bioenergy Research Awards

2005 Bioenergy Research Awards