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Faculty Working in Biomass

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Gbola Adesogan 

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Gbola Adesogan

University of Florida

(352) 392-7527

Bldg 459 Shealy Drive, PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611-090

Research Interests:
Anaerobic fermentation of crops and grasses

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University of Florida  (352) 392-7527 
Fredy Altpeter 

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Fredy Altpeter

University of Florida

(352) 273-3401

2191 McCarty Hall
PO Box 110300
Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Interests:
traditional plant breeding, genetic transformation technology, functional genomics toward genetically improved biomass grasses

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University of Florida  (352) 273-3401 
Ivonne Audirac 

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Ivonne Audirac

Florida State University

(850) 644-9801

0330 BELLAMY
Tallahassee, FL 32306

Research Interests:
Social aspects of urban design and urban form, sustainable development, growth management

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Florida State University  (850) 644-9801 
Canan Balaban 

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Canan Balaban

University of Florida

(352) 392-0947 ext. 1304


University of Florida  (352) 392-0947 ext. 1304 
Venkat Bhethanabotla 

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Venkat Bhethanabotla

University of South Florida

(813) 974-2116

College of Engineering
4202 East Fowler Avenue
ENB118
Tampa, FL 33620

Research Interests:
Sensors

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University of South Florida  (813) 974-2116 
Ray A. Bucklin 

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Ray A. Bucklin

University of Florida

(352) 392-1864 ext. 169

169 Rogers Hall
PO Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Interests:
Agricultural structures, livestock housing and heat stress relief, grain drying and storage, aquaculture.

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University of Florida  (352) 392-1864 ext. 169 
Amy Chan Hilton 

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Amy Chan Hilton

Florida State University

(850) 410-6121

2525 Pottsdamer Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Research Interests:
Environmental engineering optimization, water resource systems

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Florida State University  (850) 410-6121 
Ashvini Chauhan 

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Ashvini Chauhan

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

(850) 412-511

151 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
305-D FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Research Interests:
Molecular Microbial Ecology of Estuarine and Wetland Ecosystems; Microbial Bio-indicators of Bauxite Mined Soils; Rhizosphere Microbiology; Biological Waste Processing; Biodegradation.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University  (850) 412-511 
Jacob Chung 

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Jacob Chung

University of Florida

(352) 392-9607

336 MAE-B, University of Florida, P.O. Box 116300
Gainesville, FL. 32611-6300

Research Interests:
Fluid mechanics, boiling heat transfer in micro-gravity, biomass gasification, Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis

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University of Florida  (352) 392-9607 
William Cooper 

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William Cooper

Florida State University

(850) 644-6875

PO Box 3064390
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390

Research Interests:
Organic chemistry of natural waters and sediments

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Florida State University  (850) 644-6875 
Valerie Crecy-Lagard 

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Valerie Crecy-Lagard

University of Florida

(352) 392-9416

PO BOX 110700
Gainesville , FL 32611-0700

Research Interests:
Microbial genetics

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University of Florida  (352) 392-9416 
James P. Cuda 

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James P. Cuda

University of Florida

(352) 273-3921 ext. 126

Bldg. 970, Natural Area Drive
PO Box 110620
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620

Research Interests:
Biological control of invasive plants

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University of Florida  (352) 273-3921 ext. 126 
Yousong Ding 

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Yousong Ding

University of Florida

(352) 273-7742

Medical Science Building, P6-27

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University of Florida  (352) 273-7742 
Serina Ergas 

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Serina Ergas

University of South Florida

(813) 974-1119

4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620-5350

Research Interests:
biological treatment processes, low impact development technologies, sustainable algal biofuel systems

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University of South Florida  (813) 974-1119 
Miroslav Gantar 

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Miroslav Gantar

Florida International University

(305) 348-4030

11200 SW 8th Street, Office OE 208
Miami, FL 33199

Research Interests:
Physiology and taxonomy of cyanobacteria; Isolation and culture collection of freshwater and marine cyanobacteria from Florida ; Screening cyanobacterial strains for biological activity: antibacterial, antialgal, and anticancer compounds; Bioassays

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Florida International University  (305) 348-4030 
Chaouki Ghenai 

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Chaouki Ghenai

Florida Atlantic University

(561) 297-3943

Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Building 36 - 223
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Research Interests:
Biodiesel, wind farm design, biomass and coal co-firing

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Florida Atlantic University  (561) 297-3943 
Yogi Goswami 

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Yogi Goswami

University of South Florida

(813) 974-0956

Clean Energy Research Center
College of Engineering
4202 East Fowler Avenue
ENB118
Tampa, FL 33620

Research Interests:
Solar thermal, thermodynamics, heat transfer, HVAC, photovoltaics, hydrogen, fuel cells

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University of South Florida  (813) 974-0956 
Wendy Graham 

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Wendy Graham

University of Florida

(352) 392-5893

570 Weil Hall
PO BOX 116601
Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Interests:
Subsurface flow and solute transport modeling; groundwater resources evaluation and remediation; evaluation of impacts of agricultural production on surface and groundwater quality; development of hydrologic indicators of ecosystem status; stochastic mod

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University of Florida  (352) 392-5893 
Brenton Greska 

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Brenton Greska

Florida State University

(850) 644-5720

FA&M - FSU College of Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2525 Pottsdamer Street, Rm 229
Tallahassee, Florida 32310

Research Interests:
Solar-based alternative energy sources, advanced PEM fuel cells and advanced catalysis

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Florida State University  (850) 644-5720 
Charles Guy 

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Charles Guy

University of Florida

(352) 392-1831 ext. 222

Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology Program
Department of Environmental Horticulture
Building 68, Box 110675
Gainesville, Florida 32611-0675

Research Interests:
Engineering for cold stress tolerance

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University of Florida  (352) 392-1831 ext. 222 
Alan W. Hodges 

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Alan W. Hodges

University of Florida

(352) 392-1881 ext. 312

Department of Food & Resource Economics
1115 McCarty Hall, PO Box 110240, Gainesville, FL 32611-0240

Research Interests:
Economic analysis of biomass energy resource development

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University of Florida  (352) 392-1881 ext. 312 
Herbert A. Ingley 

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Herbert A. Ingley

University of Florida

(352) 392-9929

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 223B, MAEB
P.O. Box 116300, Gainesville, Florida 32611-6300

Research Interests:
Energy systems, HVAC, indoor air quality, CHP

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University of Florida  (352) 392-9929 
Paul Jennings 

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Paul Jennings

Florida Institute of Technology

(321) 674-8068

Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975

Research Interests:
Removal and recycle of wastes from water and air.

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Florida Institute of Technology  (321) 674-8068 
Babu Joseph 

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Babu Joseph

University of South Florida

(813) 974-0692

College of Engineering
4202 East Fowler Avenue
ENB118
Tampa, FL 33620

Research Interests:
Biomass, gasification, Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis of Synthetic Liquid Fuels, corrosion, education

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University of South Florida  (813) 974-0692 
Egwu Eric Kalu 

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Egwu Eric Kalu

Florida State University

(850) 410-6327

2525 Pottsdamer Street
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Research Interests:
Materials synthesis for applications in sustainable energy generation

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Florida State University  (850) 410-6327 
Matias Kirst 

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Matias Kirst

University of Florida

(352) 846-0900

367 Newins-Ziegler Hall
P.O. Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410

Research Interests:
Discovery of genes, metabolic and regulatory networks that control variation in wood quality, growth and other important traits for the forestry and agronomic industry

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University of Florida  (352) 846-0900 
Yulu Krothapalli 

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Yulu Krothapalli

Florida State University

(850) 644-5885

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
2525 Pottsdamer St
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Research Interests:
Small scale sustainable energy systems, solar thermal cogeneration systems, PEM fuel cells, hydrogen production, electrode designs

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Florida State University  (850) 644-5885 
William Lear 

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William Lear

University of Florida

(352) 392-7572

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
P.O. Box 116300
Gainesville, FL 32611-6300

Research Interests:
Semi-closed cycle gas turbine systems, Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, fuel cells, distributed energy, refrigeration

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University of Florida  (352) 392-7572 
Junda Lin 

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Junda Lin

Florida Institute of Technology

(321) 674-7587

Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975

Research Interests:
Aquaculture, biology and conservation (ABC) of marine organisms.

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Florida Institute of Technology  (321) 674-7587 
Clifford Louimi 

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Clifford Louimi

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

(850) 561-2217

College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA)
303 Perry Paige South
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Research Interests:
Efficiency of microbial degradation of cellulosic materials derived sugar mixtures into biofuels and other useful chemicals.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University  (850) 561-2217 
Abdul Malik 

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Abdul Malik

University of South Florida

(813) 974-9688

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CHE 205A
Tampa, FL 33620-5250

Research Interests:
Analytical separations, sample preparation techniques, hyphenation of sample preparation and separation techniques

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University of South Florida  (813) 974-9688 
Peter McCarthy 

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Peter McCarthy

Florida Atlantic University

(772) 465-2400

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
5600 US#1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946

Research Interests:
The Cultivation and Identification of the symbiotic microbes present in deep-water marine sponges, screening for novel antimicrobial agents from marine invertebrates and microbes and finding biotechnological applications for microbial products.

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Florida Atlantic University  (772) 465-2400 
Norman Munroe 

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Norman Munroe

Florida International University

(305) 348-3556

Applied Research Center
Florida International University
10555 W. Flagler, EC: 2182
Miami, FL 33174

Research Interests:
Biomass gasification, fuel cells and micro-fuel cell power sources

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Florida International University  (305) 348-3556 
Fazil Najafi 

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Fazil Najafi

University of Florida

(352) 392-9537 ext. 1493

Department of Civil and Engineering
365 Weil, P.O. Box 116580, Gainesville, Florida 32611-6580

Research Interests:
Biomass and reduced waste, natural gas, biomass integrated gasifier (BIG) system operations

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University of Florida  (352) 392-9537 ext. 1493 
Juan Ordonez 

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Juan Ordonez

Florida State University

(850) 644-8405

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
2525 Pottsdamer Street, Room 229

Research Interests:
Thermodynamic optimization of advanced energy systems, constructal theory, solar-thermal energy systems, off-grid housing, algae biomass, poly-generation, fuel cells, advanced power cycles, and thermal management.

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Florida State University  (850) 644-8405 
Nezih Pala 

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Nezih Pala

Florida International University

(305) 348-3016

Electical & Computer Engineernig
10555 W Flagler Street. EC 3914
Miami, FL 33174

Research Interests:
THz Science and Technology, Power Skin: Integarted Nanostructures for Energy Harvesting and Storage, Integarted Biosensors, Free Space Optical Communication

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Florida International University  (305) 348-3016 
Gary Peter 

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Gary Peter

University of Florida

(352) 846-0896

University of Florida
PO Box 110410, Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Interests:
genetics of wood formation, genomics, improved utilization in biobased products, bioenergy, forest carbon sequestration

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University of Florida  (352) 846-0896 
George P. Philippidis 

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George P. Philippidis

University of South Florida

(863) 904-6691

3433 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803

Research Interests:
Biofuels and bioenergy technology development and commercialization


University of South Florida  (863) 904-6691 
Edward Phlips 

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Edward Phlips

University of Florida

(352) 273-3603

7922 NW 71st St.
Gainesville, FL 32653

Research Interests:
Biology, ecology, and management of algae and aquatic microorganisms

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University of Florida  (352) 273-3603 
James F. Preston 

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James F. Preston

University of Florida

(352) 392-5923

P.O. Box 110700
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0700

Research Interests:
Selection of bacterial enzymes for the depolymerization of plant biomass and its fermentative conversion to alternative fuels and bio-based products

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University of Florida  (352) 392-5923 
Pratap Pullammanappallil 

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Pratap Pullammanappallil

University of Florida

(352) 392-1864 ext. 203

Room 203, Rogers Hall
PO Box 110570, Gainesville, Fl 32611-0570

Research Interests:
Process design, modeling, optimization, and control with applications in fuel production

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University of Florida  (352) 392-1864 ext. 203 
Subramanian Ramakrishnan 

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Subramanian Ramakrishnan

Florida State University

(850) 410-6159

2525 Pottsdamer Street
A131
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Research Interests:
Physics and chemistry of complex fluids as applied to biomass energy conversion

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Florida State University  (850) 410-6159 
Bala Rathinasabapathi 

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Bala Rathinasabapathi

University of Florida

(352) 392-1928 ext. 323

Horticultural Sciences
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0690

Research Interests:
Metabolic engineering of plants for increased biomass yield

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University of Florida  (352) 392-1928 ext. 323 
Debra Reinhart 

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Debra Reinhart

University of Central Florida

(407) 823-2315

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Millican Hall 243
Orlando, Florida 32816

Research Interests:
Solid Waste Management

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University of Central Florida  (407) 823-2315 
K.T. Shanmugam 

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K.T. Shanmugam

University of Florida

(352) 392-2490

P.O. Box 110700
Gainesville, FL 32611-0700

Research Interests:
bacterial anaerobmic metabolism, dinitrogen fixation and production by fermentative bacteria and cyanobacteria, molybdate transport and regulation

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University of Florida  (352) 392-2490 
Lynn Sollenberger 

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Lynn Sollenberger

University of Florida

(352) 392-1823 ext. 207

Post Office Box 110500
Gainesville, Florida 32611-050

Research Interests:
Energy crops, soil carbon sequestration, alternative nitrogen sources

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University of Florida  (352) 392-1823 ext. 207 
Jon Stewart 

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Jon Stewart

University of Florida

(352) 846-0743

126 Sisler Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Interests:
Our research takes place where chemistry, biology and nanotechnology meet. It is highly interdisciplinary work and we collaborate with many other research groups.

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University of Florida  (352) 846-0743 
Aydin Sunol 

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Aydin Sunol

University of South Florida

(813) 974-3566

4000 Central Florida Blvd.
BMS Bldg. 20 Room 124
Orlando, FL 32816

Research Interests:
Systems Engineering, Supercritical fluid technology, Green Engineering, Product and Process Design

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University of South Florida  (813) 974-3566 
Ali T-Raissi 

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Ali T-Raissi

University of Central Florida

(321) 638-1446

Florida Solar Energy Center
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703

Research Interests:
Hydrogen production and storage, detection and sensing, solar fuels, biomass conversion

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University of Central Florida  (321) 638-1446 
Zhaohui Tong 

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Zhaohui Tong

University of Florida

(352) 392-1864 ext. 103

103 Frazier Rogers Hall, PO Box 110570 Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Interests:
Dr. Tong specializes in bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels , synthesis of biodegradable nanocomposite and value-added chemicals, analysis and characterization of lignocellulosic materials, chemical and bioprocess design, colloid and surfac

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University of Florida  (352) 392-1864 ext. 103 
Helena Weaver 

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Helena Weaver

University of Florida

(352) 392-6585

Department of Chemical Engineering
329 CHE, P.O. Box 116005, Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Interests:
Heterogeneous catalysis, biomass, gasification, catalytic reactions that have environmental benefits

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University of Florida  (352) 392-6585 
Ann Wilkie 

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Ann Wilkie

University of Florida

(352) 392-8699

P.O. Box 110960
Gainesville, Florida 32611-0960

Research Interests:
Environmental biotechnology for waste treatment, odor control, and renewable energy production from biomass

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University of Florida  (352) 392-8699 
David Wright 

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David Wright

University of Florida

(850) 875-7119

North Florida Research & Education Center 155 Research Rd.
Quincy, FL 32351-5677

Research Interests:
Cropping systems and conservation tillage techniques. Emphasis has been on sod based rotations and economic and environmental advantages of using this approach.

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University of Florida  (850) 875-7119