Green Chemistry Education Network

Biodiesel Programs

Academic Institutions

Organization: Austin Peay State University – Clarksville
Contact: Dr. Sergei Markov, Associate Professor, Biology, Austin Peay State University – Clarksville, TN
Email: Markovs@apsu.edu

Organization: California State University, Chico
Contact: Dr. Lisa Ott, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, California State University, Chico.
Phone: 530-898-6563
E-mail: lsott@csuchico.edu
Web: http://myweb.csuchico.edu/~lsott
Email: info@catilin.com

Additional information from their website: Our research group is focused on the preparation and analysis of biodiesel fuels. Specifically, we are interested in preparing biofuels with local agricultural waste products. We use a variety of methods for the characterization of our biodiesel fuel samples, but perhaps the most important is the advanced distillation curve method.

Organization: Dickinson College
Contact: Bill Shoemaker, Biodiesel Project Supervisor, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 17013
E-mail: shoemakw@dickinson.edu
E-mail: biodiesel@dickinson.edu

Additional information from their website: Dickinson College’s Biodiesel Project is a student-run initiative that uses waste vegetable oil from area restaurants to produce a clean-burning, energy-efficient fuel. The project offers Dickinson students hands-on learning experiences in the growing and vital field of renewable energy technology, and provides fuel which powers campus facilities and equipment. The project is an important aspect of Dickinson’s commitment to sustainable practices. Creating biodiesel from waste makes responsible use of existing waste products while also reducing Dickinson College’s consumption of non-renewable petroleum fuel. Biodiesel use likewise improves air quality in the Cumberland Valley by producing a drastically lower amount of soot, diesel particulate matter, carbon monoxide and other elements that are produced by petroleum diesel.

Organization: Gordon College
Contact: Leo Cleary, College's Physical Plant, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA 01984
Phone: (978) 927-2300

Additional Information: “Leo Cleary, a locksmith for Gordon College's (MA) Physical Plant, has researched and built his own bio-diesel processor for a 1981 Volkswagen rabbit. The car uses used fry-ladle oil from the college student center to create bio-diesel. Cleary uses the car to commute from his home in Gloucester to the Wenham campus a few times a month, and would like to see Gordon students use this green car as an educational device for environmental awareness.”

Organization: Iowa State University Center for Catalysis
Victor Shang-Yi Lin, Professor Bioanalytical, Bioinorganic, & Materials Chemistry, Iowa State University Center for Catalysis, Ames, Iowa 50011.
Phone: 515-294-3135
Email: vsylin@iastate.edu
Website: http://www.chem.iastate.edu/faculty/Victor_Lin/

Additional information from their website: Dr. Victor Lin of the Iowa State University Center for Catalysis set up a 1M gallon/year pilot plant last year. It uses the heterogeneous catalysts he developed for the conversion of fatty acids and triglycerides into biodiesel…..

His group also specializes in the synthesis of mesoporous heterogeneous catalysts for various reactions, such as cooperative catalysis, carbonyl activation, biodiesel production, and other biorenewable energy applications.

Organization: Keene State College
Air Quality Research @ Keene State College a project of the National Institute of Health's Center for Biomedical Research Excellence
Website: http://keeneweb.org/biodiesel/

Additional information from their website: The Keene State College biodiesel research project is conducted in partnership with the City of Keene and the Monadnock Biodiesel Collaborative, with generous support from the National Institute of Health’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence initiative.

Organization: Lane Community College
Contact: John Thompson, Professor, Chemistry, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR 97405
Email: thompsonj@lanecc.edu

Organization: Loyola University
Contact: Joelle Underwood, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Loyola University, Department of Chemistry, New Orleans, LA
Phone: (504) 865-3275
Email: jsunderw@loyno.edu

Additional information from their website: Chemistry students have acquired funding from the Loyola University New Orleans Student Government Association in a student-led effort to increase the sustainability of their campus. Through the implementation of a 40-gallon batch style biodiesel production system students have recycled waste vegetable oil from campus dining services into a useable product. Research has been preformed regarding the optimization of the reaction, quality of the product, and environmental impact on both a laboratory and batch scale. Through the project students have also been able to participate in various forms of community outreach including composting reaction by-products with local farmers and gardeners, public demonstrations of the biodiesel system, and donation of fuel to local nonprofit organizations.

Organization: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Contact: Christopher Nomura Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 470-6854
Email: ctnomura@esf.edu
Website: http://www.esf.edu/sustainability/biodiesel.htm

Additional information from their website: The biodiesel production program was initiated under the personal direction of the college president, Neil Murphy, in 2006 in an effort towards the goal of achieving carbon neutrality for ESF…….The project currently uses a BioPro 190 reactor to produce 50 gallons of B100 per week for student transport and maintenance vehicles on campus……The Biodiesel is made from a feedstock of waste cooking oil from the neighboring Syracuse University….. For questions about the project please e-mail us at biodiesel@esf.edu.

Organization: Texarkana College
Contact: Mike Buttram, Professor, Texarkana College Chemistry Department, Texarkana, Texas75599.
Phone: 903-838-4541
Email: mbuttram@texarkanacollege.edu

Organization: Truman State University
Contact: Josh Hirner, Bulldog Biodiesel, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 63501

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Barbara Kramer, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone: (660) 785-7608
Email: bkramer@truman.edu
Website: http://chem.truman.edu/faculty/kramer.asp

Additional information from their website: Bulldog Biodiesel began in the fall semester of 2007 as a collaborative effort between agriculture science senior practicum and the American Chemical Society. The group quickly garnered the interest and support of many students and faculty within the University. Thanks to the assistance of the Agriculture Science development fund, we were able to purchase a BioPro 190 automated processor in January 2008, and we have since been producing biodiesel with waste vegetable oil donated by several cafeterias and community restaurants.

Organization: University of Kansas
Contact: Susan M. Stagg-Williams, Associate Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-2919
Email: smwilliams@ku.edu

Additional information from their website: The University of Kansas has a production facility on campus. They currently produce about 120 gallons of B100 weekly. The KU Biodiesel Initiative is a grassroots, student-run operation to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil generated on campus. It is our goal to meet the requirements of all KU's buses, landscaping and maintenance equipment, and power generators on campus with this renewable fuel.

Organization: University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Contact: Tim Zauche, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics Professor, Chemistry and Renewable Energy, University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
Phone: (608) 342-1678
Email: zauchet@uwplatt.edu
Website: http://www.uwplatt.edu/~zauchet/

Additional Information: University of Wisconsin - Platteville should have a 50 gallon batch reactor installed by the end of the year.

Organization: University of Wisconsin- River Falls
Contact: Dean Olson, Chair and Associate Professor, Agricultural Engineering Technology, University of Wisconsin- River Falls, River Falls, WI 54022 Phone: (715) 425-3985 Email: dean.ivan.olson@uwrf.edu

Additional information from their website: Students in Olson’s programs have been producing biodiesel from soybeans and the waste vegetable oil from food service to power campus vehicles and the farm equipment. Some of the new equipment will be used to investigate the positive effects of using biodiesel to operate Case IH machinery, such as the lack of wear on the engine and quality of emissions.

Organization: Vincennes University
Contact: Jay Bardole, Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry, Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: (812) 888-4372
Email: jbardole@vinu.edu

International Academic institutions

Organization: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Bombay)
Contact: Professor Sanjay Mahajani , Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Bombay), Chemical Engineering Department
Email: sanjaym@che.iitb.ac.in

Additional information from their website: Project ‘Biosynth’ is a first ever student’s initiative of installing a self sustained Biodiesel producing plant at an institute level. The project’s long term vision is to come up with an efficient technology that can substantially reduce pollution and country’s dependence on imported fuels.

‘Biosynth’ is an initiative taken by the Chemical Engineering department faculties and students, which will provide hands on experience to build a biodiesel plant inside IIT Bombay campus.

Organization: Universidad de la República (UDELAR)
Contact: Dr. Iván Jachmanián, Laboratorio de Grasas y Aceites - Departamento de Alimentos. Facultad de Química - Universidad de la Republica (UDELAR), Av. Gral Flores 2124, Casilla de Correos 1157, 11800 Montevideo. Uruguay
Tel: (005982)-9290707
Email: ijachman@fq.edu.uy

Additional Information: They have had a pilot scale biodiesel plant for 10 years.

Other Organizations

Organization: Advanced Biofuels USA
Contact: Joanne M. Ivancic, Executive Director, Advanced Biofuels USA, Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-644-1395
Website: www.advancedbiofuelsUSA.org

Additional information from their website: This site is designed as a one-stop-shop or clearinghouse for information regarding all aspects of advanced biofuels….

Our Educational pages provide information about formal educational programs and examples of projects completed by student groups. They also include links to resources for students, teachers and parents that expand an understanding of basic scientific concepts that serve as a foundation to understanding the technological, economic, agronomic, social and policy aspects of moving from fossil-fuel based energy sources to renewable sources.

Organization: Bently Biofuels Company
Contact: Bently Biofuels Company, Minden, NV 89423 

Phone: 775-783-0123
Email: retail@bentlybiofuels.com

Additional information from their website: Bently Biofuels Company is dedicated to the research, development, production, and distribution of renewable fuels in order to preserve the environment and free our nation from the problems of imported energy. We feel this is the right thing to do for ourselves and for future generations.

Organization: Catilin, Inc.
Contact: Catilin Research Facility Ames, IA 50011-3650
Email: info@catilin.com

Additional information from their website: Catilin, Inc. is a technology based company that is revolutionizing biofuel production. Catilin has developed a unique, new technology for biodiesel production that greatly reduces the cost of producing a gallon of biodiesel while creating a superior quality biodiesel and glycerin by-product. Catilin's patent-pending, non-toxic technology is centered on a family of solid heterogeneous catalysts that can be easily utilized within existing production facilities, can be reused multiple times and works with virtually every biodiesel feedstock source.

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