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Dr. Trupia Slated for Sorghum Talk at International Conference

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Contact: Courtney Breckenridge
Office: 618-659-6737 ext. 230

Dr. Sabrina Trupia

EDWARDSVILLE –NCERC at SIUE Research Director Dr. Sabrina Trupia will present her findings on the use of sweet sorghum as an ethanol feedstock at a conference in Orlando this week.

The Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association invited Trupia to deliver her presentation, “Sweet Sorghum Inclusion Rates in Ethanol Production,” during its annual conference Jan. 23-25.  Trupia will join other nationally-recognized researchers during a panel on sorghum research and development.

“The use of sweet sorghum for biofuels and biobased products is an exciting area of research and we are seeking continued collaboration to unlock the potential of this feedstock,” Trupia said. “Our work with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program demonstrated how to optimize corn ethanol yields by incorporating sweet sorghum sugar streams, but there is more work to be done. I look forward to connecting with other researchers in Orlando to discuss how we can extend upon this research.”

Trupia’s 2012 breakthrough conversion of corn kernel fiber to cellulosic ethanol cemented her reputation as a leader in the fermentation of cellulosic feedstocks.  Her expertise on emerging advanced biofuels feedstock continues to attract interest from trade organizations, government agencies, and research groups. In 2013, she was called upon to present at a USDA workshop and delivered presentations at leading biofuels conferences and symposiums.

“We are thrilled that Sabrina’s research is generating attention from industry leaders and opening the doors to new research collaborations,” NCERC Director John Caupert said. “Our work with sweet sorghum, corn kernel fiber and other cellulosic materials demonstrates the NCERC’s f

eedstock flexibility and expertise in advancing all generations of biofuels research.”

Photo Cutline: NCERC at SIUE Research Director Dr. Sabrina Trupia

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The NCERC at SIUE is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels, specialty chemicals and other renewable compounds. The Center’s fully functional dry grind pilot plant and laboratories are equipped with advanced biofuels capabilities including corn fractionation, pretreatment, and a fermentation suite with 5, 30, 150 and 1500L scale-up. Facilities are staffed by industry veterans with more than 100 years of collective experience in fermentation and biofuels production. This knowledgeable team has the flexibility and expertise to design and carry out projects in any region of the advanced biofuels or specialty chemicals space.  For more information, contact Courtney Breckenridge, (618) 659-6737 ext. 230,, or visit

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