Posts by Robert Mills

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Call for Presentations and Posters | The Midwest Bio-Economy and Safer Products Summit

The Midwest Bio-Economy and Safer Products Summit Regional Innovation Solving Global Problems Hosted by the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum Call for Presentations and Posters Submit By November 3rd, 2014 Visit the Conference Program page today for more information on the summit’s topics. Share your innovations, insights and strategies at the Regional Conference for green chemistry and […]

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In the News | Brown Comments on HCN Levels in Syngas

Biofuels Digest reported recently on excessive levels of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) gas in an INEOS Bio plant. As a followup, BEI Director Robert C. Brown explained his research group’s findings on the topic.  See the article, Digest feedback may help explain INEOS Bio’s high levels of HCN gas in Biofuels Digest.

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Opportunities | DOE Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS)

Concept Paper Deadline: Sept. 28, 2015 (Applicants may submit Concept Papers at any time during the open period of this FOA) Full Application Deadline: TBD Award Ceiling: $500,000 This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research (Studies) that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational […]

Opportunities | Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)

Letter of Intent Deadline: October 14, 2014 Range: $20,00 – $300,000 per year The mission of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) is to advance knowledge and education by providing funding opportunities for original, competitively-selected research and development at all levels and across all disciplines with an emphasis on the four pillars of the Qatar […]

Biochar Topic of Web Seminar by Iowa State Students

A Web seminar, “BioChar and Beyond,” will be presented in October by Matt Kieffer, Bernardo del Campo, and Juan Proano Aviles, all graduate students in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University.  Their studies focus on bioenergy. The trio has also started a biorenewable company, ARTI, which can be found online at The students will discuss biochar, […]

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Opportunities | DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program

Agency: U.S. Dept. of Energy Link: Due Date: Sept. 24, 2014 Limit: NOT LIMITED Abstract: The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the […]

Opportunities | NSF Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

Agency: National Science Foundation Link: Due Date: Preliminary Proposal: December 11, 2014 Full Proposal: June 16, 2015 Limit: 3 Preliminary Proposals per institution Abstract: The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic […]

Iowa Biogas 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. The Iowa Biogas Assessment Model (IBAM) […]

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BEI Affiliates Featured at 2014 RIN Academy

Affiliates of the Bioeconomy Institute are among the group of experts from the renewable fuel industry to be featured at the RIN Academy on Sept. 16, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa. The one-day annual conference is hosted  by EcoEngineers of Des Moines. It’ll bring together members of industry and academia to discuss the complex issues […]

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Wen Wins NSF Award for Syngas Fermentation

Zhiyou Wen, a Bioeconomy Institute affiliate, is part of a team that has won a grant to study the fermentation of synthesis gases (called syngas) produced from biomass. Wen, a professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, is receiving $150,000 from the National Science Foundation. This research is a partnership with […]

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