Two seminars of interest @ CSU this Wed.

Hey CSU BANRians- there are two seminars this Wednesday that may be of interest:

  1. The Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship presents Jamie Dahl, Experiential Learning Coordinator at the Colorado State Forest Service

    Wednesday, December 3rd 12:00-12:50 PM, Forestry Building room 127

    Connections through research and teaching provide mutual benefits to Colorado State Forest Service and Colorado State University

    Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) outreach efforts are amplified by its strong relationship with Colorado State University (CSU) and the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR). The CSFS utilizes opportunities in both teaching and research to further develop and deliver accurate, clear, and consistent messaging. The CSFS and human dimensions researchers in WCNR have teamed up to explore knowledge transfer, in order to bridge the gap between scientists, practitioners and homeowners.  The take home message: knowledge transfer should focus less on delivering specific knowledge and more on developing and strengthening networks with community members, practitioners and scientists.

    Experiential learning is powerful teaching tool that the CSFS employs to help bridge the knowledge transfer gap. The CSFS coordinates various experiential learning programs, through which, students of all ages learn by doing. These hands-on, real world applications allow students and volunteers to experience forest stewardship, forest management and outreach through active participation. This investment in experiential learning not only benefits the students, but it also provides a strong link between the university and external partners, including agencies, industry, and other stakeholders. CSFS is involved in several experiential learning programs that benefit CSU students: the CSFS Volunteer Program, internships and seasonal positions, undergraduate and graduate research projects, student club targeted activities, and Tree Campus USA.

  2. The Bioenergy at CSU seminar series presents Dr. Karl Albrecht, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    Wednesday, December 3rd  11 am, Lory Student Center 304-306.

    Advanced Biofuel and Biochemical Production at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is developing enabling technologies for the conversion of biomass to liquid hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals via several pathways.  First, a brief overview of research currently underway at PNNL will be presented.  Topics will include bio-oil hydrotreating/upgrading; alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) processing; fungal biotechnology methods to produce chemical precursors; syngas conversion to chemicals and fuel intermediates; and the hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of terrestrial and aquatic biomass.  The majority of the presentation will focus on HTL processing.  HTL is a biomass liquefaction process similar to fast pyrolysis (FP) in that an organic biocrude phase is produced.  HTL and FP both capture about 50-65% of the biogenic carbon in the intermediate biocrude or bio-oil.  However, 60% of the carbon reports to the upgraded organic phase after hydrotreating compared to only about 35% of carbon after hydrotreating FP bio-oil.  Furthermore, HTL produces a more stable biocrude intermediate compared to FP bio-oil, allowing for single-stage hydrotreating with significantly lowered capital costs.  When applied to aquatic biomass, HTL is an extremely efficient lipid extraction process as both neutral and polar lipids are converted.  Additionally, the carbohydrates and proteins present in the algal biomass report to biocrude.  Capturing the non-lipid fractions of the algal biomass significantly improves the yields possible when utilizing HTL compared with traditional lipid extraction.  As with terrestrial feedstocks, hydroprocessing of aquatic biomass-derived biocrude is feasible in a single temperature hydrotreater with 95% of the C reporting to the upgraded organic phase.

Hope to see you there!

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