Noah Weiss

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research

For the past 14 years I have been researching and developing processes for the production of biofuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. I have been involved both in applied and fundamental research into biomass recalcitrance, enzymatic hydrolysis processes, enzyme recycle, pilot plant operation, process scale-up, high solids process development, and biomass water interactions, all within the umbrella of developing processes to convert plant material to fuels and chemicals. I have a fundamental interest in improving and understanding biochemical conversion processes, towards the product of more sustainable fuels and chemicals.  I am also interested in developing plant based biofuels as appropriate technology for developing countries to address their unique energy needs, including localized production of enzymes for biochemical conversion processes. On a similar tangent, I have an interest in understanding synthetic polymers in our environment, and to developing methods for small scale and ecologically beneficial methods for cleanup and disposal of plastics in the environment.