High Impact

  • 20 September 2018
  • Author: Frederika Bain
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High Impact

Samir Khanal (MBBE) and his co-authors, including MBBE grad students Chayanon Sawatdeenarunat, K.C. Surendra, and Devin Takara, have received a BIORESTEC 2018 Impactful Research Award from the journal Bioresource Technology for their paper “Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Biomass: Challenges and Opportunities.” This paper argues that lignocellulosic biomass provides an excellent opportunity to convert abundant bioresources into renewable energy; rumen microorganisms are an effective inoculum for digesting lignocellulosic biomass, but that there are still several challenges that must be overcome. Anaerobic biorefinery, the abstract notes, is an emerging concept that generates not only bioenergy but also high-value biochemical/products from the same feedstock; the paper highlights the current status of lignocellulosic biomass digestion and discusses its challenges. The award is presented for the journal’s top 20 cited papers in the last three years.