San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
Professor Robert Henry
Professor of Innovation in Agriculture
Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) University of Queensland
Robert Henry conducts research on the development of new and improved products from plants. He is Professor of Innovation in Agriculture and Foundation Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), an Institute of the University of Queensland established in collaboration with the Queensland Government. His current research targets plant genome sequencing to capture novel genetic resources for diversification of food and energy crops to deliver improved products.
Robert will overview the progress of his Queensland Government funded Future Fuels research program which involves a number of national and international groups, including the US Joint Bio Energy Institute (JBEI), involved in the development of new energy crops that will enable the sustainable production of advanced biofuels.
Biofuels are an important part of a clean energy future. Oil crops offer an early adoption option requiring minimal processing, and significant progress has already been made in evaluating oil seed based biofuels blended with aviation fuel for use by aircraft. However, a sustainable large scale route to biofuels can only realistically be achieved via the production of biomass crops and the conversion of the biomass to sugars that are then processed to transport fuels (ethanol, biodiesel and aviation fuel) as well as industrial biomaterial (plastics) using microbial methods.
Robert and his international team are developing and evaluating biomass crops suitable for production in Queensland and globally along with associated conversion technologies. Cellulosic biomass crops (grass (eg sugarcane) and woody biomass (eg Eucalyptus) as well as oil seed crops (Pongamia) are being advanced. Trails are also being conducted to evaluate a range of potential crops in Queensland at bioenergy crop demonstration sites.
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