Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC)

SERCThe Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) was established in January 2006 at Mississippi State University (MSU) through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  SERC was formed to create an infrastructure for coordinated interdisciplinary, collaborative research in the development of environmentally and economically sustainable energy sources based upon Southern biomass resources. SERC is comprised of approximately 50 faculty in over 10 disciplines, and employs over 50 graduate students. SERC is also a catalyst for forging partnerships between academia, business, and the U.S. government.

The primary research thrusts within SERC are:

  • conversion of pyrolysis oil into fuel oil and hydrocarbons
  • conversion of synthesis gas into hydrocarbons and chemical compounds
  • microbial development of triglycerides and conversion to hydrocarbons
  • optimization of combustion of biofuels
  • energy feedstock yield trials and feedstock engineering
  • economic analysis of biofuel production

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