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New way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts
March 23, 2017

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of crucial bioproducts.

Researchers make breakthrough in biobased materials
September 28, 2016

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced materials applications.

New course offers hands-on training in bioproducts
August 3, 2015

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Doctoral student Baran Arslan experienced bioproducts production processes this summer that he formerly had only seen in the lab on the nano scale.

WSU to collaborate with Aalborg U.
June 27, 2008

AALBORG, Denmark — Washington State University and Aalborg University have signed an agreement of cooperation, with Professor Birgitte K. Ahring acting as an international bridge in the quest to develop biofuels and bioproducts that reduce the world’s dependence on oil.
WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein was in Denmark for the June 16 ceremony. She met with Professor Ahring’s research team, visited the bioenergy labs at Aalborg University (AAU), and brought the agreement — which had been previously signed by WSU President Elson S. Floyd — to be signed by AAU’s Rector Finn Kjærsdam.

Ahring will become the director of WSU’s Center … » More …

International research star joins WSU
February 29, 2008

RICHLAND – An internationally recognized microbiologist is joining WSU as the director of the Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy and as the Battelle Distinguished Professor, based at WSU Tri-Cities.

Birgitte Ahring signed the offer letter this week at her home in Denmark, agreeing to lead WSU’s interdisciplinary center that will focus research and academic programming in the use and conversion of biomass into bioproducts and biofuels.

“This is another example of Washington leading the way on clean energy and scientific research,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire. “Dr. Ahring’s scientific expertise will help our state develop bioproduct technologies that will drive innovation globally and job … » More …

$24 million lab to spur clean fuels
April 20, 2006

The $24 million biomass lab, being built in the Tri-Cities by Washington State University Tri-Cities and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will study ways to turn agricultural wastes into valuable products and will support the state’s push for clean biofuels. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Lab in Richland, was held April 13. The structure is  expected to be completed by late next year. For the complete story on the biomass building and research, go to The Puget Sound Business Journal at story and video on the ground breaking by KXLY News can be found at