American Biogas Council

September 29, 2016
3:30 - 4:30 PM ET
Using Biotechnology to Drive Progress in the Biogas Industry
Sponsored by DuPont Industrial BioSciences

What this webinar covers:
-Opportunities and challenges facing biogas producers in today's global market
-A vision for how biotechnology can help shape financial returns for biogas plant owners/operators
-From the lab to biogas plants: Demonstrating the benefits of enzyme use in anaerobic digestion
-Introduction to ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Energy
-Exploring the potential to rewire anaerobic digestion, redirecting metabolic pathways from methanogenesis to alternative, higher value products

Webinar Recording

Presentation Slides


Dr. Craig Frear, Regenis (Moderator)

Dr. Craig Frear was recruited earlier this year from Washington State University (WSU) where he was instrumental in developing one of the nation's most prolific applied science and engineering programs in organic residuals and animal manure treatment for sustainable reuse. Over the last decade, Dr. Frear's research has focused on enhancements to anaerobic digestion, biochemical recovery from waste and development of bio-refinery principles for rural and urban communities. He holds five patents (with two pending) including an ammonia stripping system to remove ammonia from wastewater without the use of chemicals. 

In addition to his research, Dr. Frear is the author of over sixty peer-reviewed publications on methane capture to create biogas and nutrient management to allow liquid from manure to be safely reused. He has also served as an investigator on numerous federal and state grants in the same scientific classifications. 

Craig holds a PhD in Engineering Science from Washington State University, a MA in Educational Administration from Columbia University, and BA in Chemistry and Theology from St. Olaf College.

Dr. Jaclyn DeMartini, DuPont Industrial BioSciences

Dr. Jaclyn DeMartini currently serves as business development manager for Advanced Biofuels at DuPont Industrial Biosciences. Prior to joining DuPont, Jaclyn received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering at the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. Her primary area of expertise focuses on the biochemical mechanisms that dictate breakdown of cellulosic plant materials for advanced biofuels, including both biogas and second generation ethanol. She has accumulated more than ten years of experience and numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications on the topic. In her current role, she has helped launch DuPont’s first enzyme product developed for the biogas industry and continues to explore new routes to grow the global renewable bioenergy market.

Dr. Joseph Rollin, US Department of Energy

Dr. Joseph Rollin currently serves as an ARPA-E Fellow with interests in anaerobic digestion, biofuels, hydrogen, and bioengineering. 
Prior to joining ARPA-E, Rollin co-founded Gate Fuels Inc. and Cell-Free Bioinnovations Inc., to further develop Bacillus and cell-free platforms for the production of value-added chemicals and fuels. He led business development and worked on metabolic engineering at both companies. 
Joseph Rollin earned his Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Y.H. Percival Zhang. He was supported by the Department of Defense, as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow. His projects included biomass pretreatment, enzymatic cellulose hydrolysis modeling, and experimental and computational optimization of a cell-free system designed to produce hydrogen from a variety of biomass sugars.
Rollin served in the United States Army from 2003 to 2007 as a Combat Engineer Officer in the 54th Engineer Battalion. He served a tour in Iraq in 2005-2006, during which his platoon disarmed 25 IEDs. Rollin received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and has authored 14 publications.



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