text-only page produced automatically by Usablenet Assistive Skip all navigation and go to page content Skip top navigation and go to directorate navigation Skip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation
Awards
design element
Search Awards
Recent Awards
Presidential and Honorary Awards
About Awards
Grant Policy Manual
Grant General Conditions
Cooperative Agreement Conditions
Special Conditions
Federal Demonstration Partnership
Policy Office Website



Award Abstract #1330842

Collaborative Research: Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium (DakotaBioCon)

NSF Org: OIA
Office of Integrative Activities
divider line
Initial Amendment Date: July 23, 2013
divider line
Latest Amendment Date: July 1, 2015
divider line
Award Number: 1330842
divider line
Award Instrument: Cooperative Agreement
divider line
Program Manager: robert coyne
OIA Office of Integrative Activities
O/D Office Of The Director
divider line
Start Date: August 1, 2013
divider line
End Date: July 31, 2016 (Estimated)
divider line
Awarded Amount to Date: $3,000,000.00
divider line
Investigator(s): James Rice jim.rice@sdstate.edu (Principal Investigator)
William Gibbons (Co-Principal Investigator)
Lew Christopher (Former Co-Principal Investigator)
divider line
Sponsor: South Dakota State University
Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-0001 (605)688-6696
divider line
NSF Program(s): RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROV
divider line
Program Reference Code(s): 161E, 7217, 7573, 7715, 8249, 8650, 9150, 9180, SMET
divider line
Program Element Code(s): 7217

ABSTRACT

The Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium (DakotaBioCon) brings together researchers from four institutions in two neighboring states, North Dakota and South Dakota, with similar geographical, socio-economic and environmental diversity: North Dakota State University (NDSU), South Dakota State University (SDSU), University of North Dakota (UND) and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT). The vision of DakotaBioCon is through cutting-edge research and development to become a recognized intellectual leader in biomass bioprocessing that can help the region, nation and global society transition to a bio-based economy. The primary goal of DakotaBioCon is to establish a multi-state, multi-institution, multi-disciplinary, collaborative infrastructure to enable and facilitate the development of novel bioprocessing technologies for sustainable production of high-value chemicals and materials from renewable resources, with emphasis on lignin-derived products as economically viable substitutes for imported fossil-fuel based chemicals. DakotaBioCon achieves its goal of regional infrastructure development in the area of lignin bioprocessing through the accomplishment of several integrated objectives:

1) Convert lignin into low molecular weight chemical fractions using a suite of novel processing methods, including high-temperature liquefaction and biodegradation of lignin, and analytical methods, (chromatography, spectrometry and chemical methods) to enable mass balance closure;

2) Decipher the reaction mechanisms associated with the proposed lignin disassembly methods as a means to optimize and channel lignin fragmentation reaction pathways;

3) Design process/purification schemes to convert precursor chemicals into valuable products;

4) Develop new monomers/polymers and composites from lignin-derived aromatics/phenolics;

5) Develop and upgrade the research and education infrastructure through joint collaborative activities that include sharing of data, knowledge, expertise, equipment, facilities, and educational programs.

The impacts of DakotaBioCon are far-reaching, and extend beyond the award period. Bioprocessing of renewable resources addresses strategic national security priorities by reducing national dependence on imported oil and creates new jobs. To ensure continuation and long-term sustainability, DakotaBioCon leverages existing partnerships within UND's Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education (SUNRISE), SDSU's SunGrant Initiative, and SDSMT's Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development (CBRD) and future commercial intellectual property.

Intellectual Merit:

DakotaBioCon focuses on bioprocessing of lignin to renewable phenolics, aromatic chemicals and green polymers with potential uses as chemical and polymeric alternatives to petrochemicals. New knowledge and scientific contributions to the field of lignin bioprocessing are being generated. The intellectual merit of the proposed research approach is: 1) the potential for development of new, more cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly methods/agents for lignin depolymerization; 2) the potential for development of a suite of novel analytical methods enabling detailed product analysis; 3) the potential for deciphering the mechanistic aspects of lignin thermochemical and biological fragmentation to attain enhanced conversion rates and/or generate new lignin building-block precursors for industrial chemical processes; and 4) the potential for development of new, green materials with improved chemical and physical properties.

Broader Impacts:

DakotaBioCon infrastructure supports basic and applied research programs and offer expanded education, training and workforce development opportunities for a diverse cohort of K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students. It contributes to meeting national energy and economic security needs. These programs are leveraged to enhance collaboration, knowledge, and resource-sharing in the growing interdisciplinary field of renewable energy and materials. The education and workforce development strategy of DakotaBioCon are characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and a unique web of partnerships that helps advance these programs to the next level of performance and delivery. Research findings are widely disseminated to the scientific community and public through website, news media, radio, public databases, presentations at national and international meetings, and peer-reviewed publications in journals of international repute.


PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH

Note:  When clicking on a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number, you will be taken to an external site maintained by the publisher. Some full text articles may not yet be available without a charge during the embargo (administrative interval).

Some links on this page may take you to non-federal websites. Their policies may differ from this site.


Jin, H.; Wang, X.; Gu, Z.; Fan, Q.; Luo B.. "A facile method for preparing nitrogen-doped graphene and its application in supercapacitors," Journal of Power Sources, v.273, 2014, p. 1156-1162.

Christopher, L.P., Yao, B., Ji, Y.. "Lignin biodegradation with laccase-mediator systems," Frontiers in Energy Research, v.2, 2014, p. 1-13. 

 

Please report errors in award information by writing to: awardsearch@nsf.gov.

 

 

Print this page
Back to Top of page
  RESEARCH AREAS   FUNDING   AWARDS   DOCUMENT LIBRARY   NEWS   ABOUT NSF  
Website Policies  |  Budget and Performance  |  Inspector General  |  Privacy  |  FOIA  |  No FEAR Act  |  USA.gov
Accessibility  |  Plain Language  |  Contact
National Science Foundation Logo
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230, USA
Tel: (703) 292-5111, FIRS: (800) 877-8339 | TDD: (800) 281-8749
  Text Only Version