DIY Science

Science...all grown up | Hands-on lab experiences for adults (18+)

Making Liquid Fuels from Sustainable Biomass

Friday, May 8 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Using microbes and their corresponding enzymes, we can make a variety of liquid fuels from sustainably sourced plant materials. At this DIY event, you’ll experiment with science from the Wisconsin Energy Institute and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) – a diverse combination of more than 400 scientists from eight institutions.

Future-generation bioenergy technologies have the potential to provide a renewable alternative to fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase landscape-level biodiversity. The basis of these technologies, including fermentation, is focused on the use of fibrous plant materials such as switchgrass, native prairie plantings and corn stover (the non-grain portion of the plant). The challenge is to find technologies to ecologically and economically produce these plant materials, and then to ferment the plants into fuels.

Every year, the U.S. has more than a billion tons of biomass available for fuel production. Can we find a path for using this resource in a sustainable fashion?

Register for the May DIY Science event here.

About DIY Science

Hands-on laboratory experiences are not just for kids! Each month, a different activity encourages adult (18+) audiences to put on lab coats, goggles and gloves and get a firsthand sense of cutting-edge research.

Usually held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday evenings, these do-it-yourself labs feature different topics ranging from epigenetics to microfluidics to nanotechnology to rapid prototyping and beyond.

DIY Science is supported by Morgridge Institute for Research, UW–Madison and WARF.


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