William (Joe) Sagues

Asst Professor

Carbon dioxide derived from fossil carbon combustion lingers in the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years. Thus, if global emissions went to zero tomorrow, warming would continue for a very long time. Carbon-negative technologies must be developed to extract fossil carbon from the atmosphere and decrease CO2 concentrations to pre-industrial levels. Biomass naturally extracts CO2 from the atmosphere for growth in the spring and summer, but releases most CO2 back into the atmosphere in the fall and winter. Opportunities exist to utilize and sequester biogenic carbon prior to its release back into the atmosphere, thereby resulting in a net reduction in atmospheric CO2.

The Biocarbon Utilization & Sequestration (BUS) Lab takes an integrated approach to innovating technologies that utilize and sequester biogenic carbon. The aim of our work is to leverage the bioeconomy for carbon drawdown. We are bridging fundamental advances in synthetic biology and chemical catalysis with bioprocess engineering to innovate carbon-negative bioproducts that range from feed, chemicals, fuels, and materials.

When developing a new technology, the BUS Lab takes into account the entire technology-to-market pathway, starting with fundamental research and ending with commercialization. Such a comprehensive approach increases the odds of commercial success by eliminating developmental hurdles and pitfalls at an early stage.

 

 

Education

PhD 2020

Forest Biomaterials

NC State

MS 2017

Chemical Engineering

University of Florida

MS 2017

Agricultural & Biological Engineering

University of Florida

BS 2012

Agricultural & Biological Engineering

University of Florida

Publications

Decarbonizing agriculture through the conversion of animal manure to dietary protein and ammonia fertilizer
Sagues, W. J., Assis, C. A., Hah, P., Sanchez, D. L., Johnson, Z., Acharya, M., … Park, S. (2020), BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, 297, 122493. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2019.122493
Prospects for bioenergy with carbon capture & storage (BECCS) in the United States pulp and paper industry
Sagues, W. J., Jameel, H., Sanchez, D. L., & Park, S. (2020). Prospects for bioenergy with carbon capture & storage (BECCS) in the United States pulp and paper industry. Energy & Environmental Science. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0ee01107j,
Are lignin-derived carbon fibers graphitic enough?
Sagues, W. J., Jain, A., Brown, D., Aggarwal, S., Suarez, A., Kollman, M., … Argyropoulos, D. S. (2019), Green Chemistry, 21(16), 4253–4265. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9gc01806a
Enhanced carbon dioxide removal from coupled direct air capture-bioenergy systems
Sagues, W. J., Park, S., Jameel, H., & Sanchez, D. L. (2019), SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & FUELS, 3(11), 3135–3146. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9se00384c
Potential for ethanol production from different sorghum cultivars
Castro, E., Nieves, I. U., Rondón, V., Sagues, W. J., Fernández-Sandoval, M. T., Yomano, L. P., … Vermerris, W. (2017), Industrial Crops and Products, 109, 367–373. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2017.08.050
Techno-economic analysis of ethanol production from sugarcane bagasse using a Liquefaction plus Simultaneous Saccharification and co-Fermentation process
Gubicza, K., Nieves, I. U., Sagues, W. J., Barta, Z., Shanmugam, K. T., & Ingram, L. O. (2016), Bioresource Technology, 208, 42–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.01.093
Optimization of dilute-phosphoric-acid steam pretreatment of Eucalyptus benthamii for biofuel production
Castro, E., Nieves, I. U., Mullinnix, M. T., Sagues, W. J., Hoffman, R. W., Fernández-Sandoval, M. T., … Ingram, L. O. (2014), Applied Energy, 125, 76–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.03.047
Seed train development for the fermentation of bagasse from sweet sorghum and sugarcane using a simplified fermentation process
Geddes, C. C., Mullinnix, M. T., Nieves, I. U., Hoffman, R. W., Sagues, W. J., York, S. W., … Ingram, L. O. (2013), Bioresource Technology, 128, 716–724. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2012.09.121

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