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

Workshop Reviewed Mass Production of Biomass Refineries

A two-day workshop brought together experts in the mass production of biomass processing facilities. The workshop, held May 11-12, 2015 in Broomfield, CO, included tracks on bioenergy and manufacturing. The second day featured an effort to find consensus on the best path for collaboration between the bioenergy and manufacturing industries. Learn more on the modular manufacturing for bioprocessing page 

Ceramic Work Named Best-in-Show at Biorenewables Art Competition

A set of ceramic “fuel containers” by Heather Whittlesey was named “best in show” for the 2015 Biorenewables At Competition, held in the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL). Learn more

Bioenergy Researcher Suggests Brown’s Book as a Must Read

George Huber, professor of chemical and biological engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a leading biofuels researcher, is interviewed by Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest for the publication’s “4 Minutes with… ” series. Huber talks about his research, his background, and the state of advanced biofuels. When asked “what 3 books you’d want to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island,” Huber cites Why are We Producing Biofuels by BEI Director Robert C. Brown and Tristan Brown. Read the article at Biofuels Digest

[CARTOON]Coffee cups, by Stefanie DaoManaging Carbon Like Coffee Cups

Bioenergy can play an important role in halting the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as explained in this parable by Robert C. Brown, BEI Director. Read the article in The Hill

BEI Sponsors tcbiomass2015

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. Learn more

BEI Launches “Opening Doors” Campaign

BEI has launched its “opening doors to the bioeconomy” campaign to raise awareness of its research, education, and engagement capabilities, especially among potential industry, academic, and government partners. 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

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