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Shuguang Zhang, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2011
For his discoveries and inventions of several self-assembling peptide systems for 3D tissue cultures, tissue regeneration, protein and siRNA deliveries.

Teaching Algae to Make Fuel

Via MIT News | May 24, 2011

New process could lead to production of hydrogen using bioengineered microorganisms.

Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for fuel production is that under ordinary circumstances, hydrogen production takes a back seat to the production of compounds that the organisms use to support their own growth.

But Shuguang Zhang, associate director of MIT’s Center for Biomedical Engineering, and postdocs Iftach Yacoby and Sergii Pochekailov, together with colleagues at Tel Aviv University in Israel and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, have found a way to use bioengineered proteins to flip this preference, allowing more hydrogen to be produced.

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Zhang inducted into Austrian Academy of Sciences

Via MIT News | May 27, 2010

Shuguang Zhang, associate director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering, was inducted as a foreign member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences on May 19 in Vienna.

Zhang is one of 13 foreign members elected this year to the academy, which was founded in 1847.

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