The land of Carnaval, soccer, sunny beaches, samba, the Amazon rainforest, and … biofuels. Beginning on May 23, a contingent of U.S. researchers, government officials, and American Chemical Society staff members will venture south to meet counterparts in Brazil for a 10-day tour of biofuels research centers and a concluding symposium. This seminal event is designed to encourage sustainable research collaborations among chemists in the U.S. and Brazil who have interest in converting biomass to fuels and chemicals.
Environmental Science & Technology’s Erika D. Engelhaupt and C&EN’s Stephen K. Ritter are tagging along. They will be posting daily dispatches of news and their observations of Brazilian science and culture.