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Hiring back topnotch researcher boosts NMSU's algal biofuel efforts

Former longtime New Mexico State University Professor Peter Lammers has accepted a research faculty position to advance algal biofuel research at NMSU.

As a faculty member in NMSU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1995-2009, Lammers taught courses in chemistry, biochemistry, bioinformatics and molecular genetics, leading multiple research projects studying photosynthetic microorganisms and symbionts of higher plants.

In 2009 he joined Solix Biofuels in Fort Collins, Colo., as the Vice President for Biotechnology. Lammers co-authored the algae cultivation section of the Department of Energy's Algal Biofuels Roadmap.

"Due to his extensive research background in academia and industry, Dr. Lammers is an asset to NMSU," said Vimal Chaitanya, NMSU vice president for research. "We are very excited that he joined our newly established Energy Research Laboratory to strengthen our algal biofuels efforts to the next level and help us become more competitive."

Lammers will be working with faculty in the colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; and Engineering to promote algae research and development projects. Lammers already has acted as the principal investigator on the $45 million proposal to USDA in sustainable bioenergy. This effort is led by NMSU with Texas A&M University, Colorado State University, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University as partners.

Additionally, he is assisting with NMSU's plans to deploy an AGS-4000L bioreactor from Solix at the NMSU algae testbed.