MTV has let our anaerobic digestion project has gotten through the next level of screening- so we may get another $1000 for the manure to methanol project. (However, apparently that conversion is rather difficult, so we will see how that progresses.)
For the biodiesel, however, it seems that Dr. Arnold is looking into using pressure and temperature as catalysts. We would do the experiment at the same time as Ryan's lewis acid research, allowing us to find the kinetics of the reaction.
We hope to meet soon- I will give more information about that when I have it. I look forward to seeing everyone!