GLBRC launches Bioenergy Seminar Series

This month, the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center will launch a seminar series featuring a wide range of bioenergy experts.

Rajai Atalla, founder and CEO of Cellulose Science International, will kick off the series on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus March 1. Atalla has worked for many years in the field of cellulosic chemistry and characterization.

In his talk, titled “The Diversity of Native Celluloses” Atalla will discuss how cellulose modification is an important key to successful conversion technologies.

“We are excited for this opportunity to not only share the latest bioenergy information with the industry and public, but also to create a unique network for the researchers at GLBRC with experts around the world,” said John Greenler, GLBRC education and outreach director.

The new series is open to the public and will alternate between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University campuses. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend along with industry and community leaders interested in renewable energy.

For more details and information on upcoming series talks, visit

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is one of three Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Centers funded to make transformational breakthroughs that will form the foundation of new cellulosic biofuels technology. The GLBRC is led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with Michigan State University as the major partner. Additional scientific partners are DOE National Laboratories, other universities and a biotechnology company. For more information on the GLBRC, visit