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Dismukes awarded biofuel grant

Gerard Dismukes, distinguished professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and laboratory director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $1.2 million.

Dismukes research holds great promise for advancing Sustainable Energy

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later.

Rutgers Scientists Makes Advances in Renewable Hydrogen Fuel

A Rutgers team of scientists has produced a new material that could aid in the sustainable production of hydrogen fuel from splitting water. This material, Nanocrystalline Ni5P4, is a more affordable and abundant alternative to platinum, which is currently used as a catalyst to produce hydrogen from water through electrolysis. Consequently, this strong-performing catalyst could replace platinum and further the commercial potential of producing clean hydrogen. This research, led by Dr.

Dismukes Project with Proton Energy Systems

The proposal titled "Non-Platinum Group Metal OER/ORR Catalysts for Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers" has been recommended by the SBIR and STTR Programs Office within the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science for funding. This joint project with the Dismukes lab and Proton Energy Systems will run from  02/17/2015 to 11/16/2015.  The amount of funding recommended for the project period is $150,000.

Dismukes BASF Partnership

Waksman Investigator G. Charles Dismukes has funded a new project operated under a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Innovation division of the BASF Corporation. The project titled, "EPR Characterization of Cu-CHA" aims to implement Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) into the characterization of the current commercial Cu-CHA.

Dismukes NSF Grant Award

The National Science Foundation awarded a 3 year grants to a new Energy project under the direction of Waksman Principal Investor, G. Charles Dismukes. The project aims is to increase stability and efficiency while reducing cost of new solar fuels cell devices that convert and store the energy in sunlight as fuels (hydrogen and hydrocarbons) from renewable feedstocks (water and carbon dioxide).

Dr. G. Charles Dismukes

Principal Investigator

To mitigate many of the potentially deleterious environmental and agricultural consequences associated with current landbased-biofuel feedstocks, we advocate the use of biofuels derived from aquatic microbial oxygenic photoautotrophs (AMOPs), more commonly known as algae, cyanobacteria and diatoms.