The Bioeconomy Institute


Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) opens opportunities in Iowa’s burgeoning bioeconomy, where our society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials. More about BEI

BEI Sponsors tcbiomass2015; Abstracts Due Apr. 10

The Bioeconomy Institute has announced its sponsorship of tcbiomass2015, the 4th international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science, to be held Nov. 2-5, 2015. BEI expects more than 20 of its faculty, scientists, staff, and students will be attending the conference, many of which will present papers and posters about their research. Abstracts are due April 10, 2015. Learn more

heaton_miscanthus_2015_1000Iowa State’s Heaton Studies Grasses as Biomass Source

Emily Heaton, an assistant professor of agronomy at Iowa State, studies large perennial grasses such as miscanthus as a source of profitable biomass. Learn more from the Iowa State news release

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. Learn more from the Iowa State news release

BEI’s Brown Wins Bioenergy Impact Award

[LOGO]2014 Impact AwardsRobert 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

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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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