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Mahdi M. Abu-Omar

Founder

Dr. Abu-Omar served on the faculty at UCLA (1997-2003) and Purdue University since 2003, where he is currently the R. B. Wetherill Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Abu-Omar is the author and co-author of more than 130 scientific articles and several patents. Mahdi holds a BS in chemistry from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and a PhD from Iowa State University.

PROFILE

Spero Energy, Inc. is an Indiana based company with the mission of developing cost competitive processes for the conversion of abundant non-food biomass to high value molecules for the flavor and fragrance industry. With its experienced and outstanding research and business team, Spero Energy has developed processes for a range of renewable compounds targeting the flavor, fragrance, and pharmaceutical industries. Our initial lignin-derived flavor and fragrance chemicals target a multi-billion dollar market segment. The opportunities and applications of Spero’s lignin-free cellulose and xylose products are enormous and include large volume commodity materials as well as biofuels.

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