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Glycerin Glut [video]

Dr. Gonzalez discusses with CNN how his Research Group is cleanly converting problematic biofuels waste into chemicals that fetch a profit.

Ramon Gonzalez

Ramon Gonzalez

Professor | Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering | Bioengineering

Director | Energy and Environment Initiative (EEi)


Contact Information:


(713) 348-4893

(713) 348-5478


Abercrombie Lab, B232



Abercrombie Lab, B144



Department of Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering
P.O. Box 1892
Rice University
Houston, TX 77251-1892




The long-term goal of our research is the development of biological platforms for the production of chemicals and fuels from renewable sources. To this end, we use a wide spectrum of approaches and state-of-the-art techniques typically viewed under different disciplines such as Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Biochemistry, and Molecular & Cellular Biology.

Our research embraces three general areas: Metabolic Engineering, Functional Genomics and Systems Biology, and Microbial and Cell Cultures.

We are currently focusing our efforts in the following projects: Understanding the Microbial Utilization of Glycerol under Fermentative Conditions, Metabolism of 5- and 6-C Sugar Mixtures in E. coli, Microbial Platforms for the Production of Chemicals and Fuels from Glycerol, and Fermentative Metabolism of Pyruvate.