Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio): An Overview with Dr. Maureen McCann, Center Director

By Lisa Paulette Kirkham

Purdue University

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Dr. Maureen McCann, Director of the C3Bio center, provides a 25 minute virtual field trip for high school STEM students. Dr. McCann, a plant biologist, directs interdisciplinary efforts with chemists, biologists, physicists, engineers, and economists to find effective, efficient ways of converting plant materials into biofuels. Their mantra is "no carbon left behind." Energy we need is contained in carbon atoms. Extracting as many carbon atoms as is possible from plant materials is the goal of their work. Plant materials are rich in carbon atoms, but getting at them can be very difficult. It has been challenging and fulfilling work for Dr. McCann's team. Learn more about her work in the Virtual Field Trip. Filmed on May 2, 2014, students texted and emailed in questions for Dr. McCann to answer. These questions and answers are included in this video. We hope you'll join us next fall for Virtual Field Trips on nanoscience! If interested, please email Lisa Kirkham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

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Dr. Maureen McCann - Director, C3Bio Center Lisa Kirkham - Project Coordinator, Discovery Learning Research Center Emily Carter - Media Specialist Discovery Learning Research Center

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Discovery Learning Research Center and C3Bio

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  • Lisa Paulette Kirkham (2014), "Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio): An Overview with Dr. Maureen McCann, Center Director," https://stemedhub.org/resources/2209.

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Ann Bessenbacher

Purdue University

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