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Bruce Dale

Bruce Dale

Dr. Bruce Dale is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University and a lead scientist in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. He is well-known for conducting life-cycle analyses of biobased fuels and chemicals. He is an expert on making ethanol from cellulose, plant stalks, grass, corn cobs and other woody plant parts and has developed a patented process called ammonia fiber expansion (AFEX), which makes the breakdown of cellulose more efficient, thus tackling one of the thornier problems of producing ethanol. As associate director of the Office of Biobased Technologies, Dr. Dale provides “technical reality,” stemming from his 30 years of work in biomass technology, to take such technology from the lab to the marketplace.