New work turns cellulose into alternative fuel

03/9/2011 | Network World

California researchers are using bacteria to convert decaying grass into isobutanol, which can be used as fuel in standard vehicle engines. "Unlike ethanol, isobutanol can be blended at any ratio with gasoline and should eliminate the need for dedicated infrastructure in tanks or vehicles," said James Liao, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Plus, it may be possible to use isobutanol directly in current engines without modification."

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