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Bioeconomy Institute News

NREL’s Beckham to Give Seminar at Iowa State

Gregg T. Beckham, a staff engineer at the National Renewable Research Laboratory, will present a seminar on “Lignin valorization via depolymerization, biological funneling, and chemical catalysis,” Dec. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The seminar will be held in 1306 Elings Hall on the Iowa State campus. Lunch provided, but RSVP required.  See more details

ExxonMobil Supports Iowa State Research in Biofuels

ExxonMobil Corp. is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects related to fast pyrolysis of biomass and upgrading of bio-oil into transportation fuels. Read Iowa State news release

BEI’s Brown Wins Bioenergy Impact Award

Robert C. Brown, BEI director, has won the “Bioenergy Impact Award” from the Iowa Energy Center (IEC). The center’s 2014 Impact Awards “celebrate those who are making a difference in their industry, their communities, and in the State of Iowa when it comes to advancements in energy and energy efficiency.” Learn more at the Iowa Energy Center Website

Iowa State’s Haverly Wins tcs2014 Poster Competition

Martin Haverly, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering with a co-major in biorenewable resources and technology at Iowa State University, won first place and $1,000 in the Frontier Lab Young Scientist Awards competition at the recent tcs2014 conference held in Sept. in Denver, C0. Read article

Iowa Biomass Assessment Tool Goes Live

A new online tool for providing a view of raw materials and economic potential of biogas in Iowa has gone live. The tool is a collaboration between Iowa State University and EcoEngineers, an engineering/software firm headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. It was funded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Read more about the Iowa Biogas Assessment Model

Brown Talks about Biorenewables Research in Big 12 Video

BEI Director Robert C. Brown talks about biorenewables research in a three-minute video from Big 12 Digital Network. It’s part of the Big 12’s effort to raise awareness of it’s member schools’ academic programs. See the video on YouTube

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

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