Biofuels Digest covers the solvent liquefaction system installed by BEI and operating at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm in a joint project with Chevron. Still at pilot stage, the system converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils. Read the article in Biofuels Digest
Sept. 26, 2016, 4:10 p.m.
1306 Elings Hall
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is developing innovative key processes for the sustainable use of biomass. A highlight is the bioliq® project to convert lignocellulosic biomass into synthetic fuels and chemicals. At KIT, a pilot plant over the entire process chain has been built, which is operated in full since 2014. The multi-stage process consisting of fast pyrolysis to convert biomass into energy dense, liquid like intermediates, high pressure entrained flow gasification to produce tar free syngas with low methane content, high temperature gas cleaning and conditioning, finished by one-step dimethylether synthesis followed by gasoline production.
Pilot plant operation is supported and accompanied by a strong R&D network providing numerous links to other of process or product options, which can be integrated in advanced biomass utilization concepts. Involved in the bioliq process as well as in other topics related to biomass conversion, high temperature processes and catalysis the KIT scientist will present on biomass liquefaction by pyrolysis as well as by solvo- and hydrothermal processes (Nicolaus Dahmen), increase of efficiency in high temperature process chains at the example of gas cleaning and conditioning (Dieter Stapf), and on the production of oxygenate fuels from biomass-derived synthesis gas (Jörg Sauer).
Jorg Sauer is a professor of the Chemical Engineering faculty and head of the Institute of Catalysis Research & Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Dieter Stapf is a full professor of High Temperature Process Technologies and head of the Institute of Technical Chemistry at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Nicholaus Dahmen is leading scientist and professor of Conversion of Renewable Resources at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Sekisui Chemical Co. has an Internship Program for Master level and above students. It runs from January to August 2017 and is at its Corporate Research Center in Tsukuba, Japan.
The areas of research at this Institute are generally in Alternative Energy, Advanced Materials, Fermentation, Catalysis, Green Chemistry, R2R, Batteries, OPV and DSSC solar, integrated environmental/health sensors and devices, etc.
- The main Internship Program is for six months. The next one will start in January 2017.
- This Internship is not paid any salary during this 6 month period. (Japanese Labor laws make it very difficult to pay for internships of less than one year)
- The main location is in our Corporate Research Institute in Tsukuba, Japan (about 50-55 minutes by train from Tokyo)
- We will provide housing during this period and certain other items such as transportation between the housing in Japan and the Tsukuba Institute, partially subsidized lunch at the Institute cafeteria, costs associated for attending in Japan pre-approved certain events/conferences, etc.
We do not pay for transportation from other countries to Japan.
- Periodically, our researchers will go out for dinner together to improve communication and relations amongst them (sometimes including the Institute Director). Such events are paid by the company.
It is highly unusual for a Corporate Research Center in Japan to open up to interns in such a situation. This will be a strong item for resumes and will give interns many opportunities to meet and work with a very diverse group of leading researchers in many fields. In addition, it will give interns an opportunity to discuss important issues relevant to what industry is looking for.
Post Docs and Professor sabbaticals are also welcome (usually for one year, subject to mutual agreement for extensions) in paid positions.
Send resumes before Sept. 2016 (for the January 2017 program) to William Clark, Special Advisor to the President, North America & Europe Business Development, Sekisui Chemical Co., Tokyo, Japan. email@example.com
In this article in the Des Moines Register, BEI’s Robert C. Brown writes, “Biofuels is getting renewed attention in the press these days, although in a manner that leaves experts in the field nonplussed. News headlines regularly announce that ‘biofuels are worse than gasoline.’ How can this be? We signed up to develop biofuels for its prospect to be ‘better than gasoline.’ Indeed, for the last decade I have counseled my students that renewable fuels are not inherently better than fossil fuels; it depends on how we grow and process biomass crops and use the resulting fuels. And yet the mantra of “biofuels is worse than gasoline” just doesn’t ring true. How is it worse than gasoline?” Read the article on the Des Moines Register Website
Iowa State University’s Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT) has developed a series of seven sessions to be presented during the 2016-2017 academic year. The series, Breaking into Industry Sponsored Research: Strategies from Faculty Champions and Tips for Success, features faculty with a track record of partnering with industry sponsors to generate research funding. It is aimed at Iowa State faculty and graduate students.
Memorial Union, 12:00-1:30 p.m., lunch provided
|Sept. 8||Finding Industry Partners with Chris Williams|
|Oct. 12||Protecting Your Research Data When Engaging Industry Collaborators with Balaji Narasimhan|
|Nov. 11||How Sylvia Cianzio Balances a Diverse Research Portfolio|
|Dec. 8||How Bryony Bonning Develops Successful Budgets and Proposals from Industry Sponsors|
|Feb. 7||How Alison Robertson Uses Field Trials and Commodity Agreements in Her Research Portfolio|
|Mar. 7||How Matt Darr Successfully Selects Amongst the Flexible Solutions for Sponsored Project Agreements|
|Apr. 11||How ISU Protects Intellectual Property with Jim Oliver|