Bioscience

ASU Polytech

August 28, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: State Press] – Scientists at the Polytechnic campus may soon be able to take their algae-based fuel production from the lab to a factory, an investor involved with the project said Thursday.

The challenge now is for researchers to take the exercises they do in the lab to create oil and scale it up to factory production, said Bill Harris, president and CEO of Science Foundation Arizona, a company that helps fund ASU algae research.

The next stage for the research team is creating jet fuel, Harris said.  When they get to that point, private investors will fund the process.

One of the project’s lead researchers is Milton Sommerfeld, a professor of applied sciences and mathematics.

For more information: Polytechnic’s algae-based fuel research nears reality