Lab News

This site provides periodic updates of lab activities: publication of papers, awards, graduations etc.

Nymul / Amalie's Paper on Electrofuels Process Economics (Free Access)

posted Sep 29, 2014, 3:36 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 3:39 PM ]

As part of our ARPA-e Electrofuels project, we conducted an extensive process economic analysis.
This follows up John's honors thesis on the topic and Amalie's effort to provide initial process analysis based on microbial energetics work.  

A process economic assessment of hydrocarbon biofuels production using chemoautotrophic organisms
Nymul E. Khan, John A. Myers, Amalie L. Tuerk, Wayne R. Curtis
Bioresource Technology, 172:201–211, 2014.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.08.118

The Journal provides 50 days of free access (even to those without Journal access); therefore, you can download the PDF from the following URL for free until November 17, 2014  http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Pn5e3QUFYqPkw
After that time we will post the pre-print documents as a link on this web site under PUBLICATIONS. 

Sergio's co-authored paper on Squid protein bioplastics publishes

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:43 PM by April Hile   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 10:50 PM by Wayne Curtis ]

In a collaboration with Dr. Melik Demeril, the proteins from squid sucker 'ring tooth' which have unique bioplastic properties were cloned and recombinantly expressed in E.coli.  
The paper was published in Advanced Functional Materials:  



Cacao Microarray paper publishes

posted Aug 16, 2014, 7:09 PM by Wayne Curtis

Sergio Coauthors on Chocolate Tree Microarray paper entitled "Genome-wide analysis reveals divergent patterns of gene expression during zygotic and somatic embryo maturation of Theobroma cacao L., the chocolate tree"   ... after over a year of iterations and a tremendous amount of 'legwork' by Sergio reworking various bioinformatic scenarios.  

And then there were three...

posted Aug 1, 2014, 4:05 PM by Wayne Curtis

Three Ph.D.s: Dr. Erbakan, Dr. Zuroff, & Dr. Curtis (of course)...

... for a week or so at least---until Dr. Zuroff left for Houston to work for Shell Oil (#abandonmentIssues).

Congratulations to Trevor---I mean, Dr. Zuroff!

posted Jun 16, 2014, 1:17 PM by April Hile   [ updated Jun 27, 2014, 8:01 PM ]

You're a Phd. now!!! Trevor defended his thesis on Friday, June 16th--rather spectacularly--and is now Dr. Zuroff. Yaaahhhhh!!!!!

Dr. Curtis & Matt Curtis publish Biomass-2-Energy Review

posted Jun 11, 2014, 2:20 PM by April Hile   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 10:41 PM by Wayne Curtis ]

Hot off the press! Dr. Curtis & Matt Curtis are newly published! In book, Systems Engineering for Clean and Renewable Energy Manufacturing which Dr. Curtis co-authored, Matt made large contributions to the chapter entitled ‘Biomass-2-energy’. Therein, he relays current developments throughout the research and commercialization of biofuels, highlighting Dr. Curtis’ globetrotting benchmark study, and offers a candid prospectus including the field’s potential as well as its political, economic, and scientific obstacles.

Trevor's Biofilm Paper is Published!!!

posted Jun 4, 2014, 5:59 PM by April Hile

Trevor's Insights into Clostridium phytofermentans biofilm formation: aggregation, microcolony development and the role of extracellular DNA with Dr. Leschine, local frisbee legend and Professor at UMass-Amherst specializing in Microbial Technologies within the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences made this month's issue of Microbiology! For an expanded version of the published article, feel free to e-mail me.

Checkout Pics from ChemE Picnic

posted May 20, 2014, 6:59 PM by April Hile   [ updated Jun 4, 2014, 7:11 PM ]


ChemE Picnic


Trevor Zuroff presenting at CCR Conference

posted May 19, 2014, 10:49 AM by April Hile   [ updated May 19, 2014, 10:50 AM ]

One of only eight graduate students selected in the U.S., Trevor will be in D.C. for the  Council for Chemical Research conference to present, network, and generally nerd-out!! Congratulations Trevor!!

Curtis Lab improves Safety Psych

posted May 18, 2014, 2:37 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated May 18, 2014, 2:50 PM ]

Psychedelic, not psycho .... 
To promote proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment) ... Dr Curtis has invested in tie-dyed labcoats; and even personally monograming them.  Dr. Curtis also recieved the Monthly safety award from the Dept of Chemical Engineering.  

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