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Alternative energy for transportation is ACS topic

Thursday, November 13, 2008  
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An expert in alternative fuels for transportation will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the American Chemical Society Rock River Section at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Rockford College Starr Science Building room 201.  

Shengde Zhou is a faculty member in the biological sciences department at Northern Illinois University. In his talk, “Eat the Grass and Spit the Ethanol,” he will discuss the potential of biomass as an alternative fuel. Bio-based energy is derived from such things as agricultural crops, grasses, forest residues, and yard waste. It holds much promise as a way to meet transportation energy needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The talk is free and open to the public.  The ACS chapter will also host a dinner before the talk at 6 p.m. at Capri Restaurant, 313 E. State St., Rockford.  Cost for the dinner is $10; $5 for high school teachers.  For more information, contact Cheryl Martens at 815-226-4152.

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