Researchers from across the state gathered recently to highlight Oklahoma’s bioenergy and nanotechnology research efforts during the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) annual state conference.
Oklahoma EPSCoR, teamed up with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the National Science Foundation, the State Chamber of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Charlesson for the two-day conference.
“Continuing to develop Oklahoma's research infrastructure enables us to compete for major research funding and to grow new industries that depend on highly skilled workers," said Dr. Frank Waxman, director of Oklahoma's EPSCoR. “Furthermore, by developing viable alternative fuels and other forms of bioenergy, we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil sources to meet U.S. energy
In addition to funding opportunities through the federal stimulus package, conference attendees explored current and future bioenergy and nanotechnology research trends and issues such as:
- Catalytic upgrading of bioderived liquids and gases.
- Standardization of nanotube materials.
- Bioenergy solutions to addressing biological barriers to biofuels.
- Nano applications in alternative energy.
The EPSCoR annual state conference was the kick-off event for the National NanoFocus conference being held in Oklahoma City April 1-3.
EPSCoR, originally developed by the NSF 28 years ago, is designed to expand research opportunities in states that have traditionally received less funding in federal support for university research. Oklahoma EPSCoR is a partnership among colleges and universities, industry, and research institutions. Its mission is to make Oklahoma researchers more successful in competing for research funding. Specific goals, objectives and strategies are developed for each federal EPSCoR program, based on federal and state needs.