Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels Purdue Faculty: Maureen C McCann (Director), Mahdi Abu-Omar (Associate Director), Rakesh Agrawal, Nicholas C Carpita, Clint Chapple, Kari Clase, Nicholas Delgass, Hilkka Kenttämaa, Nathan Mosier, Fabio Ribeiro, Garth Simpson, Christopher J Staiger, Daniel B Szymanski, Kendall Thomson Petroleum Dependence Undermines Economic and National Security Biofuels and bio-products are part of the diverse energy portfolio required to displace current U.S. dependence on foreign and finite sources of oil. Biomass is an annually renewable source of home-grown energy available from U.S. agriculture and forestry. C3Bio will enable the replacement of petrochemical refineries with next-generation hydrocarbon biorefineries. C3Bio is a U.S. DOE Energy Frontier Research Center In 2009, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science established pioneering Energy Frontier Research Centers to address grand challenges in basic energy sciences. C3Bio develops transformational knowledge and technologies to optimize the energy and carbon efficiencies of conversion of biomass to advanced biofuels, conducting fundamental research for the foundation of a renewable hydrocarbon industry. Purdue Staff: Larisa Avramova Charles Buck Joseph Cox Takeshi Fujino David Gamblin Erik Gough Laura Haupert Carl Huetteman Jeong Im Kim John Klimek Eileen Mallery Anna Olek Shilpa Parakh Trenton Parsell Lake Paul Ali Roumani Sergey Semikolenov Haibing Yang Purdue Students: Lucas Amundson SabirAqueel EnadaArchibold Christine Bohn Dave Borton Harshavardhan Choudhari Andrew Evans Jessica Henty Vanessa Gallardo Matt Hurt Eurick Kim Shuo Liu Guojie Ma Jeremy Madden Easton McKay Dhairya Mehta Ben Owen NarraPadmaja Jennifer Reece Vinod Venkatakrishnan Nelson Vinueza Ben Wegenhart Fanny Widjaja New Science at the Intersection of Disciplines C3Bio researchers integrate plant genetics and molecular biology, cutting-edge catalytic and analytical chemistry, engineering and nanotechnology to directly convert non-food plant biomass to transportation fuels and other value-added products. Our undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and technicians are cross-trained in a highly interdisciplinary research environment. At this interface, science is transformational. Long-term impacts of success • Double the carbon captured into fuels • Utilize any type of plant biomass • Minimize the land area required to grow biomass crops • Expand to new high-value fuels and molecules • Retain the current liquid fuel infrastructure The Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0000997.