Published: Jan. 11, 2013

MSU biofuels expert makes list of top 100 people in bioenergy

Contact(s): Holly Whetstone MSU AgBioResearch

Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientist Bruce Dale was recently ranked 22nd - and was the top-ranked academic - on BioFuels Digest's list of Top 100 People in Bioenergy.

The list was determined by votes from readers of the magazine and the magazine’s editorial board.

This marks the third year Dale, a professor in the MSU Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has received recognition in the top 100.

Dale is recognized for, among many other accomplishments, his pioneering work in cellulosic ethanol and his ongoing work in biofuels research.

He is working with MBI International, an industrial biotechnology company located in Lansing, to scale up and commercialize a process he invented that helps convert cellulosic biomass (grasses, straws, woody materials) into enhanced animal feeds and biofuels. MBI has obtained a $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, complemented by another $1 million from the MSU Foundation, to build the first large-scale plant to use Dale’s process.

Bruce Dale, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

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