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American Chemical Society Podcast Features Floudas Discussing Duckweed-Derived Biofuels

Starting in June and running through December, the American Chemical Society is producing a series of podcasts entitled “Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions”, describing some of the 21st century’s most daunting problems and how chemical and engineering research can provide solutions.   The current episode features Christodoulos Floudas, Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, speaking about his research on process designs which could produce gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from duckweed, an aquatic plant.  Larger-scale duckweed refineries would be cost-competitive at an oil price as low as $72 per barrel.  This podcast has also been featured on the National Science Foundation’s Science360 Radio site.  To listen to the podcast or read the transcript, click here; for additional information, see the earlier news item on duckweed-derived fuels and the links therein.