North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
Plant and Microbial Biology – PhD Candidate

Since 2013, Jennifer Greenstein’s research has focused on pursuing enzymatic biodiesel and biodiesel co-products. She started this endeavor while working with Rachel Burton, founder of Piedmont Biofuels, on the USDA grant-funded project “Robust and Sustainable Utilization of Biofuel Co-products to Increase Biorefinery Diversification.”

“I conducted over 80 experiments to optimize enzymatic conversion of feedstock to clean biodiesel and pure glycerin that meet technical standards without washing,” she said. “The enzymes used during my research at Piedmont Biofuels were primarily lipases purchased from Novozymes. My PhD research at North Carolina State University is developing alternative lipases and lipase production systems for biodiesel production.”

Greenstein attended the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference on a travel scholarship through the National Biodiesel Board, an opportunity open to NGSB members. She also presented a poster and PowerPoint on her research during the event.

“It was amazing to talk to people in the industry from around the country, hear their biodiesel stories, and get them excited about an alternative production process,” Greenstein said. “The presentations from industry leaders were inspiring. I absolutely loved that everyone at the conference was united by the same goal to provide efficient, economical, environmentally friendly biodiesel.

“My Jetta runs on biodiesel, and I am committed to helping clean biodiesel become the transportation fuel standard. Biodiesel is the best solution to our transportation fuel needs. It’s produced sustainably from oil that’s otherwise considered waste, for example, excess oil from soybeans grown for protein meal and used cooking oil.

“It is an honor to serve as co-chair of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel to promote awareness and positive policies.”