Bioenergy and Bioproducts

Biofuels pioneer Bin Yang named Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University Professor Bin Yang’s work creating plant-based fuels that are easier on the environment and the pocketbook has earned him international recognition from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Yang is now one of the newest Fellows of the institute, a professional […]

Birgitte Ahring receives Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Award

May 2, 2023 |WSU Insider Birgitte Ahring receives the Voiland College of Engineering’s Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Award. Ahring, professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering and with the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at the WSU Tri-Cities campus, is a prolific researcher and a global leader in biomass conversion research […]

Shulin Chen named National Academy of Inventors senior member

February, 2023 | WSU Insider Biological Systems Engineering professor Shulin Chen has been honored as a  senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. He will be inducted formally at the Academy’s annual meeting in June in Washington, D.C. Chen has produced biochemicals from organic waste using microbial “cell factories,” yeasts that synthesize target biochemicals using […]

Sustainable Jet Fuel Based on Lignin

August 2022 | STLE Lignin-derived jet fuel displays a superior heat of combustion, higher seal swell properties and a much lower aromatic content compared to Jet-A. Bin Yang, professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Washington State University (WSU) in Richland, WA, says, “Besides using jet fuel, other propulsion options such as batteries and […]

Lignin-based jet fuel packs more power for less pollution

April 27, 2021  | WSU Insider Pullman, WA An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels, according to new research. “When we tested our lignin jet fuel, we saw some interesting results,” said Bin Yang, professor with WSU’s Department of Biological […]

Dr. Shulin Chen Receives Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

  WSU Showcase  |  March 25, 2022 Shulin Chen’s technological innovations have made industrial processes more sustainable. Chen develops bioconversion processes and systems for the production of biofuel, bioenergy, and bioproducts. Using anaerobic digestion systems, his research team invented a process to convert manure and other dairy-industry waste to bioenergy. The systems reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They […]

Fitria Fnu is working with PNNL researchers to develop sensors that detect refrigerant leaks in air-conditioners.

July 25, 2021  |  Tri-City Herald Richland, WA Fitria Fnu, a participant in the PNNL-Washington State University Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program, is working with PNNL researchers to develop sensors that detect refrigerant leaks in air-conditioners. Identifying and addressing these leaks can increase energy efficiency as well as prevent risks to human health and the environment. […]

Pilot project turns corn waste into jet fuel

Ocober 22, 2020  |  WSU Insider Richland, WA Researchers at Washington State University are part of a national effort to find a higher-value use for such leftovers. The waste, also known as corn stover, is a plentiful source of lignin, a structural molecule used to make advanced jet fuels. Bin Yang, professor in WSU’s Department […]

New biojet fuel could be a viable alternative to fossil fuel

July 08, 2020  |  WSU Insider Richland, WA A Washington State University Tri-Cities researcher is producing and testing a group of hydrocarbon molecules made from lignin, a waste material from biofuel production, as a new biojet fuel that could replace petroleum-based fuels and lead to greater performance and reduced emissions. Bin Yang, professor of biological […]

“Sustainable Biofuels and the American Dream”

October 24, 2019  |  American Voices Turun yliopisto, Turku, Finland Professor Bin Yang speaks on the topic of “Sustainable Biofuels and the American Dream” during the 27th American Voices Seminar in Turku, Finland. Yang was honored with a Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair award, which is the most prestigious appointment in the Fulbright Program. In Friday’s second […]