The United States consume over 220 billion gallons of liquid transportation fuels annually. 

Around 13-15 billion gallons of fuel ethanol are produced annually. Lignocellulosic biomass represents an alternative source of renewable carbohydrates for conversion to ethanol and other fungible transportation fuels. CIB researchers are engaged in all aspects of the process for depolymerizing lignocellulosic biomass, its hydrolysis to sugars and subsequent fermentation to biofuels. 

Participating CIB faculty members include: