The NCERC at SIUE is expanding its research team with the addition of Dr.
"Following a national search that generated candidates from premier research institutions across the country, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Athmanathan to the team," NCERC Director
Athmanathan has a broad range of experiences in the characterization and fermentation of many cellulosic and advanced feedstocks, including corn stover and sweet sorghum bagasse. Both are likely feedstocks that the NCERC research team will explore. He earned both master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural and biological engineering from
The Illinois Corn Marketing Board and SIUE partnered to provide seed funding for NCERC's postdoctoral fellowship program. The funding came after the Center's recent breakthroughs in corn kernel fiber conversion and feedstock characterization. Athmanathan and an additional postdoctoral fellow will work under Research Director Dr.
"The NCERC continues to be an incredible asset to public and private researchers, and the biofuels industry as a whole," ICMB Chairman and
In addition to the postdoctoral fellows, the NCERC also is expanding its research capabilities through a new faculty fellowship program. University faculty can apply for course buyouts in order to conduct collaborative research with the Center.
"We have already received tremendous interest from the University community in partnering on research projects," Trupia said. "From biology to chemistry to economics to history, the response from SIUE faculty has been exciting. I encourage interested researchers in any department to continue contacting us with research proposals and to learn more about the Center's capabilities."
The Center is currently engaged in a search for a second postdoctoral fellow. That position is expected to be filled in early 2014.
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