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Spring 2007-2008
CHM 525 / ENV 525  

Production of Renewable Fuels and Energy

Gerard C. Dismukes

This course aims to present the scientific basis behind the current technological approaches used for the production of fuels from renewable sources and the barriers that need to be overcome to enable such technologies. The purpose is to learn scientific principles needed to solve a "grand challenge" of society. The material will be introduced through readings taken from the current literature, as well as by focused seminars from experts in these topics. Topics include: Fossil Fuel Reserves; SynFuels from coal; REforming of natural gas; Hydrogen from water splitting; (Continued in "Other Information.")

Sample reading list:
Readings from current literature.,
Complete list available from instructor., dismukes@Princeton.EDU

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen. Grading will be based upon: 1. Study guide questions based on reading assignments 2. Class participation in Open discussion format of reading assignments 3. Written and oral presentation of case study of a renewable energy technology 4. Leading and preparing an interview of one of the guest speakers.

Other information:
(Description continued) Photovoltaic/electrolysis, Photoelectrochemical, Biomimetic; Liquid biofuels from biomass; ethanol, methanol and diesel, Hydrocarbons from algae, Genetic engineering to overcome barriers to cellulosic ethanol; Gaseous biofuels from cell factories; Hydrogen and methane, Solar hydrogen by water splitting in algae and cynanobacteria, Hydrogen by fermentation of biomass, Genetic engineering of microbes for improved fuel production.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40721 L01 7:00 pm - 9:50 pm T        Enrolled:9 Limit:30
44081 C01 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm M        Enrolled:9 Limit:50
44082 C02 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:50 Canceled