Prof. Marianthi Ierapetritou is the PI for the NSF funded grant on "SusChem Collaborative Research: Process Optimization of Novel Routes for the Production of bio-based Para-Xylene". The grant totals $700,000 for 3 years. This is a collaborative effort between Rutgers University and University of Delaware. The co-PIs of the grant are Prof. Dion Vlachos, Dr. Vladimiros Nikolakis and Prof. Stanley Sandler. The grant targets the development of economically viable alternative ways to the production of valuable chemicals using biomass.