Robert Tabita receives a $4 million grant to spur energy innovation

June 18, 2010
Dr. Robert Tabita

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded The Ohio State University with two Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awards [pdf], positioning Ohio State as a leader in energy research and development and retaining its status among the nation’s elite educational institutions as one of only six universities awarded two or more ARPA-E grants, joining Arizona State, Columbia, MIT, Penn State and Stanford.

$4 million research project led by Dr. Robert Tabita (Dept. of Microbiology) for the “Bioconversion of Carbon Dioxide to Biofuels by Facultatively Autotrophic Hydrogen Bacteria.” Tabita’s research, aided by Dr. S.T. Yang of Ohio State and Stephanie Smith from Battelle Memorial Institute, proposes to create transportation fuels without petroleum through the efficient bioconversion of carbon dioxide into an infrastructure-compatible liquid biofuel, butanol, without using photosynthesis.

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