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 is focused on conversion technologies for the production of renewable fuels, chemicals, polymers, and materials from plant biomass. There a obvious compelling need to develop sustainable alternatives to petroleum as a source of energy and carbon. Plants offer the potential as a renewable feedstock for the production of fuels and chemicals. 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 or for combustion rather than for the value of its chemical constituents. Our research works to overcome these technological and economic process constraints through the design of improved integrated processes utilizing biotechnological and catalytic routes and through an improved understanding of process chemistry.    

 

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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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