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Engineering faculty to collaborate on Department of Energy grant

Four faculty from the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering are collaborating with Guatam Dantas, associate professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine, and of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, on new research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Marcus Foston and Tae Seok Moon, assistant professors; and Yinjie Tang and Fuzhong Zhang, associate professors, will collaborate on the three-year, $874,162 grant, titled “Systems Engineering of Rhodococcus Opacus to Enable Production of Drop-in Fuels from Lignocellulose.” The major goals of this project are to model, design, and engineer R. opacus mutants for the production of biofuels and bioproducts from lignin.