Hodge Research Group

Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

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Welcome to the Hodge Research Group webpage.  Research in our group focuses on topics that focus on the conversion of the polymers contained in plant cell walls to fuels and chemicals using chemical and biotechnological routes. There a strong need to develop energy alternatives to petroleum such as through the capture and redirection of energy in the carbon cycle by utilizing the chemical constituents (polysaccharides and lignin, an aromatic polymer) of plant cell walls as a renewable chemical and energy feedstock. Due to the challenges of deconstruction and fractionation of the biopolymer components of the plant cell wall, this vast resource of reduced carbon is overwhelming used for its existing structural value (as fiber and as a structural material) or for combustion rather than for the value of its chemical constituents.  Our research works to better understand bioconversion processes at both the fundamental and applied levels to enable the successful deployment of bioenergy technologies.  Research areas include enzyme and microbial catalysis, chemical pretreatments, process integration, and process modeling, optimization, and control.   

 

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David Hodge

Assistant Professor

Chemical Eng. & Mat. Sci.

Biosys. & Ag. Engineering

Office: 226 Farrall Hall

Phone: (517) 353-4508

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