US university gets biofuels teaching grant

A US university has been given a large grant to help it fund biofuels teaching.

Colorado University has been given a $3 million (£1.5 million) National Science Foundation grant.

The money will be used by Professor Ken Reardon to provide doctoral students with interdisciplinary biofuels training.

It will establish the Integrated Graduate Education in Biorefining and Biofuels Program, which over the next five years will support the education of as many as 45 doctoral students.

According to chemical and biological engineering Professor Reardon, the teaching is necessary because the biofuels industry has become so complex.

He has asserted that students need to be aware of every element of biofuels, from their chemistry to the economics involved in selling them.

"The grant's purpose is to create doctoral training programs that will prepare graduates to play an active role in the nation's science and engineering future," Professor Reardon commented.

He added: "The biofuels industry needs people who understand the whole picture - where biomass comes from, the ways in which it's transformed into fuels and chemicals and whether the entire process is sustainable."

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