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Bangladeshi scientist works to turn algae into biofuel

  • Published at 12:27 pm September 5th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:37 pm September 5th, 2016
Bangladeshi scientist works to turn algae into biofuel
A Bangladeshi scientist in the US is developing software tools and theoretical underpinning needed to help convert algae into biofuel. Dr Tamjidul Hoque, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of New Orleans (UNO), has been awarded $141,453 by the Louisiana Board of Regents Industrial Ties Research Subprogram for his research. The grant also has a three-year institutional match of $36,720, the university said on its website. “Algae are found to have good potential for providing biofuel at a higher rate compared to any other plants,” Hoque was quoted as saying. “Algae can be developed as an excellent microbial cell factory that can harvest solar energy and convert atmospheric carbon-dioxide to useful products and thus can establish the missing link in the fuel-cycle.” His project is collaboration among UNO, BHO Technology and the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center. His lab will develop advanced algorithms for analysing and optimising gene regulatory network-based biofuel production modelling in algae. With co-principle investigator Shengru Tu, a computer science professor, principal investigator Hoque is helping NASA do a better job sharing information about its patented work. They will use a $60,073 grant from the NASA Stennis Space Center to develop an automated tool to help NASA improve management and marketing of its intellectual properties portfolio. A team of experts manually identified roughly 1,500 patents held by NASA. Hoque, who hails from Munshiganj, studied computer science at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He obtained his PhD on information technology from Monash University, Australia. Before joining the University of New Orleans in 2012, he was research fellow with Griffith University and a post-doctoral fellow with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.