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Provost Lecture Series: Biology prof to explain how to make biofuels

3/21/2011

 

The next Provost Lecture Series at Austin Peay State University will feature an APSU professor whose research in hydrogen production for possible use as a biofuel in vehicles has garnered international headlines.

Dr. Sergei Markov, associate professor in the APSU Department of Biology, will speak at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 24 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of his talk is “How to Make Biofuels from Microbes Challenges.”

Markov joined the biology faculty at APSU in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Lomonosov Moscow State University, where he started his research on biofuels. From 1991 until 1995, he worked in England at King's College London and Ecotec, Research and Consulting. Later, he was invited to the U.S. to join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the U.S. Department of Energy in Golden, Colo., where he worked for several years.

His biofuel research is supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency. He is author of more than 70 research publications on biofuels and a patent for hydrogen production by cyanobacteria.

As a result, his work has appeared in a dozen of publications on the Internet, including Science Daily, and on several foreign news websites.

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

APSU faculty members with recent research of acclaim also will be given a platform within this series. In addition, other faculty members of local or widespread renown will be invited to lecture within this series.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at (931) 221-7992 or e-mail him at johnsonb@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger