The Overview of the Consortium’s vision, mission, goals:
The Consortium of four universities: JSU, MS, UD, and WU carried out collaborative activities within the EPSCoR RII program. These activities assist in strengthening of research infrastructure of participating Universities, development of close collaborations, enhancing participation in the research programs of underrepresented
students and faculty members in STEM areas. By research activities the Consortium assists in addressing global nation goals of using natural resources to develop efficient bio-refinery technologies and provide materials that could augment water and food resources. The research addresses both basic and applied areas and combination of such activities elevates the Consortium into leading bio-char research group in the US. The performed research is interdisciplinary – involves participation of expert in technology, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, computational chemists, material sciences and analytical chemists. By combining comprehensive computational studies with experimental activities, the group is obtaining detailed information related to processes vital for a solar catalytic chemical looping biomass refinery for the production of desired liquid fuels and value-added biochar, processing of biochar in H2O/CO2 systems during ultrasonic and photochemical treatments, removal of ammonia nitrogen and phosphors agriculture operations, and recovery of sulfuric acid for semiconductor industry. The diversity of executed research tasks requires close collaboration of various research teams and interdisciplinary approach.