Posts by Robert Mills

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U.S. DOE | Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/General Engineer

Interdisciplinary Physical Scientist/ General Engineer, GS-1301/801-13. U. S. Dept. of Energy. On USAJOBS #DOE-HQ-EE-14-00417-MP and DOE-HQ-EE-14-00417-CR. The application is open until October 21, 2014. Merit Promotion Open to all U.S. Citizens

Opportunities | DOE ARPA-E Terra FOA

DE-FOA-0001211:  TRANSPORTATION ENERGY RESOURCES FROM RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE (TERRA) There is an urgent need to accelerate energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. Recent technological advancements have now made it possible to extract massive volumes of genetic, physiological, and environmental data from certain crops, but, even with these resources, the data […]

In the News | Bioenergy Education Effort Featured in Ethanol Producer Magazine

A group of university engineers and scientists, including some from Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute, is spreading the word about work being done in bioenergy and its potential to reduce climate impacts linked to fossil fuels, increase the value of agricultural products, revitalize rural communities, bolster national security and curb U.S. reliance on imports. Called […]

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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.” The award cites Brown’s career […]

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Iowa State Student Wins tcs2014 Poster Competition

Martin Haverly, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, won first place and $1,000 in the Frontier Lab Young Scientist Awards competition at the tcs2014 conference held in Sept. in Denver, C0. He won the award for this poster, “Evaluation of polymer compatibility with bio-oil.” Martin Haverly (right) accepts the first place award […]

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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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