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- Angela Zhu
- Steven Chang
- Samantha Alvarez
Title of Proposed Project
20.109(F12) Pre-Proposal: Engineering Biodiesel-Producing Bacteria to Optimize the Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Fuel
Biodiesel fuel is both a non-toxic and renewable resource, making it a promising alternative to standard diesel fuel. Current research focuses on synthesizing biodiesel from bacteria but does not address the poor oxidative stability of the biodiesel, which lowers its shelf life to a six month span. The proposed research would address this problem by engineering pre-existing biodiesel-producing bacteria to secrete antioxidants in order to optimize oxidative stability of the biodiesel and therefore make it viable for a longer period of time.
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