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Chaired by the University of Wisconsin-Madison with MSU as a major partner, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Made of more than 400 scientists, students and staff, representing a wide array of disciplines from microbiology to economics and engineering, the GLBRC’s collaborative spirit illustrates how cooperation among academic, federal and private sector researchers can generate impactful translational research with commercial impact.

GLBRC works to meet the nation’s need for a comprehensive suite of clean energy technologies, including next-generation and drop-in fuels that can be used in today’s engines. The GLBRC's research supports the development of a robust pipeline from biomass production through pretreatment and final conversion to fuel, with sustainability providing a unifying theme.

This series highlights success of translational research at MSU, with a spotlight on recent commercial success. While many technologies are already allocated to existing commercial use, some technologies developed in GLBRC-supported research are available for license


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In 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), funded three Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), including the GLBRC. Their mission, broadly stated, is to advance science, engineering and technology to support conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to liquid transportation fuels. The following graphics highlight intellectual property and publications created by GLBRC efforts through 2017.

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