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Internship - Summer GEM BioEnergy
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The project this summer will focus on heterogeneous catalyst design for lignin deconstruction. Lignin valorization is critical to improving the economics of biorefining, but deconstructing this biopolymer into selective monomer units is challenging. The C-C linkages between monomer units are particularly difficult to cleave. This project will focus on model compound studies to understand how we can deconstruct lignin, including the C-C linked units, into small molecules for applications in fuels, chemicals, and/or materials.

Additional Required: Must be a GEM Fellows


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


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