Tim Donohue, the principal investigator at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison, will speak about the center’s cutting-edge work at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Wisconsin Cleantech Network in Madison.

The forum will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the J. Galt Pub at Wood Communications Group, 4801 South Biltmore Lane on Madison’s far East Side. Cost is $10 per person in advance and $20 at the door, including refreshments. Register by Sept. 11 here.

Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium, the monthly forums will focus on the needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and others working in Wisconsin’s clean technology sectors, which include power systems, controls, alternative fuels and more. Each program will include a presentation, audience Q&A and networking.

The Great Lakes center on the UW-Madison campus is one of three national bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy. The center’s investigators are working on next-generation fuels as well as drop-in fuels that can be used by today’s engines.

Donohue is an expert in how microbes harness and convert solar energy. His laboratory researches genetic pathways and networks that microbes use to generate biomass or biofuels from sunlight. His work employs genome sequence, microarrays, proteomics and molecular techniques to determine how the energy in sunlight or renewable nutrients is diverted into cell biomass or biofuel formation. A member of the Wisconsin Energy Institute, Donohue will discuss renewable energy research taking place across the UW-Madison campus.

In addition to the Tech Council and WERC, the forums are produced in cooperation with Kremer Ventures. For more information about the Wisconsin Cleantech Network or the monthly forum, contact Joe Kremer at (608) 225-2527.