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[PHOTO]Bioeconomy Institute staffThe Bioeconomy Institute provides cohesion among the diverse efforts in biorenewable resources on campus and encourages collaboration within departments, colleges and research units.

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Bioeconomy Institute News

Students Win Grant to Develop Biochar Business

A trio of graduate students affiliated with the Bioeconomy Institute is investigating the use of biochar in water desalination systems, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the SBIR/STTR Programs Office within the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Read article

BEI to Co-Host tcs2014 in Denver

TCS 2014, a biofuels symposium focused exclusively on thermochemical processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals,  will be held Sept. 2-5, 2014 in Denver, CO and is co-hosted by BEI and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.Visit tcs2014 Website

Mixed Media Piece Wins Biorenewables Art Competition

A mixed-media work of art entitled “Memento Mori” by Natalie Buskohl won the “Best in Show” award at the 2014 Biorenewables Art Competition held by the Bioeconomy Institute. Read article

Brown and Team Awarded Patent Key to BEI Research

A team headed by Robert Brown, BEI director, has been awarded a patent for multi-stage fractionation of bio-oil vapors created by fast pyrolysis of biomass. “We have built much of our research around this technology,” Brown said. Read article

BEI Upgrades Pilot Biofuels Conversion System

The Bioeconomy Institute has redesigned its pilot pyrolysis unit located at Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm. The system is being rebuilt and will provide researchers with better data for research into conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals. Read article | Read news release from Iowa State | View time-lapse video of system being rebuilt

BEI’s Brown Talks Ethanol, Bioenergy Research

Learn more from Robert Brown, BEI director, about what the public should better understand about corn-based ethanol, the future potential for biofuels to positively impact the environment and how Iowa State research leads the way in putting agriculture to work for energy and biobased products. Brown is interviewed in this video produced by Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). View the video | Read Brown’s answers to common questions about ethanol (on CALS site)

Take the BEI “Virtual Tour”

The Bioeconomy Institute’s “virtual tour” highlights its research programs in thermochemical conversion of biomass into biofuels and biobased products.  Watch the BEI “Virtual Tour” video

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