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Partnership with Archer Daniels Midland Advancing Biorefining Research at KU

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In 2009, Archer Daniels Midland Company launched a three-year research program at CEBC to make industrial chemicals and fuels from agricultural-based renewable resources instead of petroleum.

Today, a portfolio of proprietary projects is well underway.

“We are very excited about the progress being made at CEBC,” said the ADM project manager, Dr. Padmesh Venkitasubramaniam.  “Two projects are being fast-tracked for further development.” 

CEBC has hired nine research associates and two graduate students to work on the research projects.  In addition, Dr. Gus Dassori, a process modeling engineer from ADM, has been involved with these projects to speed commercialization. 

“The progress has been outstanding, benefitting from active collaboration between the CEBC researchers and the ADM representatives,” said Darryl Fahey, CEBC Industrial Liaison. "This is a unique learning opportunity for our postdocs, and an ideal model for other collaborations."

With matching funds from the Kansas Bioscience Authority, the total investment for this partnership is $2.4 million.



CEBC Calendar

March 4, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Allyn Kaufmann, US Whitespace & Innovation Lead
GlaxoSmithKline
"Serial Innovation in Consumer Heathcare - Intersection of Chemistry and the Consumer"

March 10, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

March 25, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Nikola Juhasz, Global Technical Director, Sustainability
Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ
"Sustainability of Packaging Industry"

April 1, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Sagar Sarsani, Project Leader
Sabic, Sugarland, TX
"Chemical Industry R&D Career Pathways"

April 12 & 13, Monday & Tuesday - Spring Advisory Boards Meeting
& Project Evaluations
 

1:00-3:00 p.m. each day, via Zoom
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