• July, 2022

    • PhD student Vanessa Rondon Berrio wins 2nd place at the ASABE AIM Bioprocess Startup Competition. Congrats, Vanessa!​

  • May, 2022

    • PI Joe Sagues becomes a Goodnight Early Career Innovator at NCSU -- more info here.​

  • May, 2022​

    • BUS Lab welcomes a new postdoctoral researcher: Nicolas Clauser! Nicolas is a visiting scholar from Argentina with expertise in process modeling and techno-economic analysis. 

  • March, 2022

    • BUS Lab welcomes a new postdoctoral researcher: Yaojing Qiu! Yaojing earned her PhD at Washington State University and will be managing two industry sponsored projects on anaerobic digestion and fermentation​

  • January, 2022

    • BUS Lab receives $31k grant from the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science to assess formatrophic microbes in formicine ants for C1 assimilation​

  • December, 2021

    • BUS Lab receives $100k grant from the Department of Energy to contribute to a national assessment for achieving carbon neutrality through biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS)

  • December, 2021

    • BUS Lab receives $12.5k grant from the NC Biotechnology Center to identify formatotrophic microbes in food waste anaerobic digesters for CO2-derived formic acid assimilation into single cell protein 

  • November, 2021

    • BUS Lab receives grant to develop an innovative bioprocess for the conversion of organic waste to biogas in partnership with Novozymes

  • November, 2021

    • BUS Lab receives grant to develop an innovative bioprocess for the conversion of industrial wastes to bioethnaol fuel in partnership with Rayonier Advanced Materials​

  • September, 2021

    • BUS Lab welcomes a new postdoctoral scholar: Ruochen Wu! Ruochen will be conducting kinetic modeling of in-situ CO2 capture in recovery boilers and lime mud calcination in oxy-fuel rotary lime kilsn​

  • September, 2021

    • BUS Lab PI, Dr. Sagues, has been tapped to be on the Technical Advisory Committee for an NSF-sponsored workshop titled "Building a Biotechnology Innovation Ecosystem to Mitigate Climate Change"​

  • August, 2021

    • Ethan Woods and Julia Cunniffe, grad students in the BUS Lab, were both selected to be student delegates for the Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE). CABLE is a nationwide organization of 20 universities focused on training students to pursue leadership positions in bioeconomy-related careers. The Ohio State University leads the program and oversees a $2.8 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).

  • July, 2021

    • BUS Lab welcomes three new graduate research assistants: Lillian Lower, Julia Cunniffe, and Ethan Woods! Lillian is co-advised by Dr. Jay Cheng and will be working on anaerobic digestion of duck weed. Julia is co-advised by Dr. Wayne Yuan and will be working on nanocellulose production from CRISPR-edited poplar. Ethan will be working on LCA and TEA modeling for a synergistic CO2 capture system in pulp refining and cotton farming. 

  • June, 2021

    • BUS Lab welcomes two new undergraduate research assistants: Paige Seibert & Delani McKee! They will be working on an emissions-free fermentation process for the conversion of cotton waste & CO2 to ethanol & succinic acid. ​

  • March, 2021

    • BUS Lab receives $100k grant from North Carolina's Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to develop an innovative bioprocess for the conversion of CRISPR-edited poplar to butanol and nanocellulose.​

    • More info here

  • January, 2021 

    • BUS Lab welcomes its second graduate student: Vanessa Rondon! Vanessa will develop a carbon-negative bioprocess for the microbiological conversion of CO2 to bioplastic & animal feed. 

  • January, 2021

    • BUS Lab is selected for a $1.3M grant from the Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office to research the integration of carbon capture, utilization, & sequestration in existing chemical pulp mills.​

    • More info here​​

  • September, 2020

    • BUS Lab welcomes its first undergraduate student: Luke Scozh! Luke will assess the potential for soil carbon sequestration via mineral carbonate fertilization in the southeastern US.

  • September, 2020

    • BUS Lab welcomes its first graduate student: Trevor Vook! Trevor will develop a carbon-negative bioprocess for the production of lithium-ion battery anodes​.

  • August, 2020

    • BUS Lab is collaborating on a $4M grant from the Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office to research the conversion of pyrolysis biocrude to graphite anode material for use in lithium-ion batteries.​

    • More info here