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SAGE: Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity


At SAGE, we aspire to conduct high-impact high-visibility research.You can read about SAGE's highlights in the community below.

USC Helps researchers Turn Ideas into Dollars

January 2015 - Dr. Lauterbach was featured in the Columbia Business Report for going through an eight-week entrepreneurship boot camp program with the National Science Foundation.

Hattrick-Simpers Named to USC's 2015 Breakthrough Stars

January 2015 - The faculty and student scholars receiving Breakthrough awards this year enrich student experiences through their work as teachers and mentors, and raise the profile of our university through their research and scholarly accomplishments

SAGE Research Highlighted in Breakthrough's Fall Magazine

December 2014 - From the Breakthrough Fall 2014 issue: Better materials make for better devices, whether it's a smartphone or a jet engine. Speeding up their development is the goal of the Materials Genome Initiative, an effort the U.S. undertook in 2011.

Thank you for funding our ambition to efficiently make biofuels

July 2014 - SAGE researchers have recently developed a technology that can efficiently convert biomass-derived chemicals directly into biodiesel. The process is considered a big step forward for biodiesel production due to its high energy efficiency and product yield, and has been published in a prestigious academic journal (Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16(7): 3047 – 3054). To convert the academic research into an industrial process, engineering on the technology is required, which includes the chemical and physical structures of the catalyst, the reaction conditions, and the configuration of the reactor. While these steps are of utmost importance for chemical process development, they are less attractive for academic research funding due to the time- and money-consuming tests. With your help, we will continue working on this technology to bring it forward to practical application.

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