A research partnership between QUT and a US National laboratory aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop new ways of creating bio-energy from plant material.
The memorandum of understanding is with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and at QUT the project will be led by Professor Ian O’Hara.
QUT brings skills in plant biotechnology and bioprocess engineering while PNNL brings expertise in systems and computational biology as well as genomics and proteomics.
Both QUT and PNNL work in advanced thermochemical conversion of biomass to create biofuels, plant-derived chemicals and other bioproducts.
The State Government also recently appointed Professor O’Hara as Queensland Biofutures Industry Envoy where he will attract domestic and international investment to the new industry and provide expert technical advice.