Who we are
Developing a sustainable bioeconomy based on renewable carbon is a complex challenge. Diversity of backgrounds and experiences leads to diversity of thinking, which leads to new and creative solutions to complex challenges. The Chmely Lab seeks to nurture a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment where all perspectives and contributions are valued, and where people feel empowered to be their authentic selves.
What we do
We are investigating methods to valorize lignocellulosic biomass. We use synthetic chemistry, materials science, and green engineering principles to enable economically and environmentally sustainable industrial biorefining.
Why we do it
Despite the pressing environmental need to develop sustainable and economical alternatives to petrochemical refining, petroleum remains the major source of fuels and other products worldwide by a substantial margin. Biorefining, which is the extraction of energy and carbon-based products from non-food biomass, is poised to meet the energy and material needs of the citizens of the United States. However, whereas biorefining can ostensibly produce a variety of fuels at the industrial scale, there is no consistent process to produce profit-generating co-products in a manner analogous to petrochemical refining.