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Shulin Chen

Shulin Chen

Shulin Chen, professor in biological systems engineering and part of the Bioprocessing & Bioproducts Research program focuses on developing bioconversion processes and systems for the production of bioethanol, biogas, biodiesel, biochemicals and nutraceuticals. In addition, at the WSU Knott Dairy he tests a prototype digester that uses bacteria to break down organic matter in manure. This process releases methane, which Dr. Chen and his team hope to collect and use to generate electricity.

Amid fluctuating oil prices and growing debate over producing biofuels from corn and soybeans, interest in algae-based fuels research is rising, and Dr. Chen is at the forefront. Algae-based fuel reduces the use of fossil fuels and consumes greenhouse gases in its production. Algae reproduce rapidly and produce more fats than other plants. "Industry is coming to us," says Dr. Chen. "And we have new ideas in new areas."

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