Renata Bura

Renata Bura

Associate Professor
Bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass; Biomaterials from lignin and plant components

Office: Bloedel 344
Phone: 206-616-2179 
Email: renatab@uw.edu


B.Sc., Applied Chemistry and Biology, Ryerson University, 1997
M.A.Sc., Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, 2000
Ph.D., Forest Products Biotechnology, University of British Columbia, 2004

My research focuses on:

  • Fractionation of biomass into cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin
  • Bioconversion of lignocellulosic biomass such as agricultural and hardwood biomass into biochemicals, including (1) robust pretreatment processes for mixed feedstocks (agricultural and hardwood residues) and Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation (SSF) of combined streams (water soluble and insoluble; and (2) steam pretreatment and pulping
  • Improvements of hydrolytic enzymes for industrial applications
  • Role of accessory enzymes during saccharification process
  • High-throughput microassay evaluating enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Utilization of yeast and ethanologenic bacteria during fermentation of hexoses and pentoses
  • Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation (SSF) for high sugar streams
  • Utilization of algae for biodiesel production
Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
BSE 190 Special Topics (5)Summer
BSE 406 Natural Products Chemistry (5)Autumn
BSE 420 Bioresource Engineering I (4)Winter
BSE 497 Pulp and Paper Internship (1)Spring
BSE 497 Pulp and Paper Internship (1)Autumn
Recent Publications:
Dou, C., Ewanick, S., Bura, R., and Gustafson, R. 2015. Post-treatment mechanical refining as a method to improve overall sugar recovery of steam pretreated hybrid poplar. Bioresource Technology 207: 157-167.
Morales-Vera, R., Bura, R., and Gustafson, R. 2015. Handling heterogeneous hybrid poplar particle sizes for sugar production. Biomass and Bioenergy 91: 126-133.
Bura, R, Ewanick, S., and Gustafson R. 2012. Assessment of Arundo donax (Giant reed) as feedstock for conversion to ethanol. TAPPI Journal 11(13): 59-66.
Ewanick, S., Thompson, W., Marquardt, B., and Bura, R. 2012. Real-time understanding of lignocellulosic bioethanol fermentation by Raman spectroscopy. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 6: 28-33.
Vajzovic, A., Bura, R., Kohlmeier, K., and Doty L.S. 2012. Novel endophytic yeast Rhodotorula mucilaginosa strain PTD3 II: production of xylitol and ethanol in the presence of inhibitors. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology 39(10): 1453-1463.
Bura, R, Vajzovic, A and Doty, S.L. 2011. Novel endophytic yeast Rhodotorula mucilaginosa strain PTD3 I: production of xylitol and ethanol. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 39(7): 1003-1011.
Ewanick, S. and R. Bura. 2011. The effect of biomass moisture content on bioethanol yields from steam pretreated switchgrass and sugarcane bagasse. Bioresource Technology 102: 2651-2658.
Schmitt, E., Bura., R., Gustafson., R., Cooper, J., and Vajzovic, A. 2011. Converting lignocellulosic solid waste into ethanol for the State of Washington: an investigation of treatment technologies and environmental impacts. Bioresource Technology 104: 400-409.
SEFS Committee Membership:Chair?
Elected Faculty Advisory Council