Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Biomass burning is usually associated with human-caused fires and the clearing of land that releases unhealthy particles and gases that spur global warming. However, research by Betsy Stone has shown that burning a mixture of oat hulls and coal has significant environmental and public health benefits. When compared to burning only coal by itself, co-firing with oat hulls greatly reduced filterable particulate matter, hazardous air pollutants, and heavy metals. Stone’s research is finding better options for energy production without the damaging environmental effects that come with burning fossil fuels alone.
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