NCERC finished the second half of a Fermentation Suite run, which was to test a high-temperature cellulase enzyme system produced at NCERC by using it to hydrolyze cellulose in dilute-acid pretreated wet cake, and to provide science, engineering, and marketing students with a “hands on” experience in a biotechnology and bioprocessing environment.
NCERC participated in ASTM E48 task group (in situ sample collection) on developing a guidance document for the management of the standard error associated with the sampling and testing of heterogeneous substrates.
NCERC collaborated with Shimadzu to install Labsite on the HPLC control computer, in order to monitor HPLC data collection and retrieve with internet access. NCERC also invited Shimadzu to give a HPLC training seminar on the campus of SIUE.
NCERC collaborated with the Department of Chemistry at SIUE to identify and quantify nutritional compounds in corn to ethanol fermentation product using LC/MS/MS, and in hope to present the results at the American Society of Mass Spectrometry, Distiller’s Grains Technology Council and Fuel Ethanol Workshop.
NCERC assisted the National Institute of Standards and Technology in producing reference material for testing starch in corn to ethanol fermentation products.
NCERC is working with the Department of Chemistry at SIUE to hire a joint faculty (assistant professor in fermentation).