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Wolfson funding drives forward a new era of Bioenergy Research at Aston University

Aston University has recently been awarded a £400,000 grant for the renovation and modernisation of a research laboratory for the reduction of carbon emissions.  This prestigious grant was generously awarded by the Wolfson Foundation and its trustees, and further enhances the Bioenergy Research Group (BERG) s' commitment to maintaining its pre-eminent position at a regional, national and a European level.
 
The grant provided by the Wolfson Foundation will fund the refurbishment of 2 new state of the art laboratories, post graduate facilities and an exhibition centre, thereby creating a "world class" showcase bioenergy laboratory suite in the heart of the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC) building.

Focussing on providing a solid foundation for sustained growth in research activity for the next 10 years and beyond, the new laboratories will support the new SUPERGEN Bioenergy project by providing a coherent and integrated micro-processing facility.

The new facilities will also be used to address key research activities such as the development of new processes and products including; novel reactive and catalytic cracking processes for lignin rich materials from second generation bioethanol production.  In addition to this, work carried out in the labs will support fundamental research areas such as; developing new methods for the analysis and characterisation of biomass and products from conversion. 

This development is an exciting opportunity to build on and develop the leading edge bioenergy research carried out at Aston University.  Renovation work commences in early spring 2007 and is expected to last until September 2008, in time for the new academic year.

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