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Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group

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Kentucky is particularly well suited for developing a biofuels industry. In the east we have timber and forestry resources, as well as the opportunity to grow dedicated energy crops on reclaimed mine lands that would otherwise be non-productive. In the central and western part of the state we have an enormous agricultural base for the production of traditional crops like corn and soybeans, as well as opportunities to use new oil crops, like canola, for biofuels. The Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis group is focused on two principal objectives: to reduce the environmental impacts of fuel use and to develop renewable fuel sources.