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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Bioengineering for Pollution Prevention

Bioengineering for Pollution Prevention

This state-of-the-science report looks at the progress made towards using plants and plant oils for plastics and fuels as well as the challenges for using these alternatives on scales large enough to meet society's needs and still protect the environment. Written by Dianne Ahmann and John R. Dorgan of the Colorado School of Mines, the report addresses the use of nanotechnology, in particular nanomaterials and nanofiltration systems. The report reviews the science in biotechnological platforms including genetic engineering, bioreactor technologies, and bioseparations and bioprocessing; biomaterials including polylactides, polyhydroxyalkanoates, and starches, proteins, plant oils and cellulosics; and, biofuels including bioethanol, biodiesel, biohydrogen and the biodesulfurization of fossil fuels. Additionally, the report summarizes the contributions to these areas from the Technology for a Sustainable Environment (TSE) Program, a joint research grant program of EPA and the National Science Foundation. (PDF Format; Length: 196 pages)


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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January 2007

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