A science focus area (SFA) is a research project funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) to further scientific advancement and support the DOE’s Office of Science mission. The ORNL SFA driven by Brian Davison at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) aims to understand how to efficiently develop renewable biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. To this end, it is important to study protein structure and binding of the byproducts generated throughout the process of biomass deconstruction. Better understanding the interactions between byproducts and enzymes helps to maximize biofuel production.
SFA Manager for ORNL: Brian Davison1
SFA Technical Co-Managers: Barbara R. Evans1 and Paul A. Langan1 and Jeremy C. Smith1
SFA Contact: Julie Mitchell1 and Jeremy C. Smith1
KBase Contact: Chris Henry3,4
Lead Developer: Ada Sedova1
Participating Scientists: Hugh M. O’Neil1, Volker Urban1, Loukas Petridis1, Sai Venkatesh Pingali1, and Arthur Ragauskas1,2
Affiliations: 1Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 3Argonne National Laboratory, 4KBase