Professor James Liao of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), who has been a contract research partner to The KAITEKI Institute (TKI) for the past 4 years, has been awarded the 2014 National Academy of Sciences Award for the Industrial Application of Science. This prestigious award is presented every three years to recognize original scientific work of intrinsic scientific importance and with significant, beneficial applications in industry. This time in particular, Prof. Liao is being honored for his work in the development of industrially viable processes for the generation of biofuels.
As part of our institute's efforts to pursue sustainability for society and the earth, TKI signed with Professor Liao in 2010 for contract research on producing chemicals from CO2 using genetically-engineered algae, and in 2013, for research on processes to produce useful chemical products from livestock manure. TKI is very happy that the projects we have partnered in could have contributed to the decision of the NAS to grant Professor Liao this great award. We congratulate Professor Liao on his great achievement.