An assistant professor at Washington State University Tri-Cities is one of seven researchers at the university system receiving a grant to help develop new technology for the aerospace industry.
Hanwu Lei is based in the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory on the Richland campus and works on bioenergy and bioproducts engineering, university officials said.
Lei's project is focused on aromatic hydrocarbons for aviation biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass, according to a news release.
The grant is provided through the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation. Researchers from WSU, the University of Washington and Western Washington University will receive $1.27 million from the center this year for similar projects aimed at the aerospace industry.