The Indo-U.S. Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels (IUABC), a joint binational center led by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay (IITB), and Washington University was launched in October 2014 at the McDonnell International Scholars Academy 5th International Symposium.
The IUABC consortium includes 14 principal investigators from seven Indian research organizations and Washington University, and substantial investments from two Indian industrial partners. The goal of the consortium is to increase biomass yield in plants and algae, enabling downstream commercial development for cost-effective, efficient and environmentally sustainable production of advanced biofuels.
The Indian transportation fuel infrastructure is undergoing massive transformation due to increased consumer demand and a growing population, which is estimated to reach 1.6 billion by 2050.
“Biofuels are an essential solution to this demand challenge, not only to bridge the supply between traditional fossil fuels and consumer demand, but to deliver better environmental performance,” said Himadri Pakrasi, PhD, director of I-CARES, Washington University’s center for research on energy, the environment and sustainability, and the university’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy ambassador to JNU.
“Over the next three years, the IUABC will invest significantly in the knowledge base in India and the U.S. to meet this challenge,” Pakrasi said.
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For two weeks this past August (2015), Suchismita Roy, a graduate student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India, filled hundreds of trays with the goal of seeing whether a protein would crystallize in any of its wells. The method is called protein crystallography.
Joseph Jez, PhD, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, hosted Roy in his lab as part of the Indo-U.S. Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels (IUABC), a joint binational center led by JNU, the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay (IITB), and Washington University.
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