Bioeconomy Institute


The Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University leads the nation and world in establishing the bioeconomy, where society obtains renewable fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials from agricultural resources. More about BEI

Join us and bring your lunch (virtually), as we talk with guests biweekly about all issues and topics around Carbon Removal.

April 21st, 2021

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Learn more about Conversations with Carbon here.

Tune in to a new discussion series that BEI is launching along with ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences called Conversation About Carbon.


Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics

Through support from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Multi-University Center for the Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics (CUWP) is hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates in the Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics. Student positions will be available at CUWP campuses at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Iowa State University. Learn more and apply

[PHOTO] Jessica Brown, NOMAD

Newly Funded Research Study Aims to Convert Paper and Plastic Wastes into Food

Researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) and its partners will create a system that converts wastes generated by military expeditionary forces into food. The technology could vastly improve military logistics and may have wider applications to produce food and reduce plastic wastes. Learn more

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Brown Puts Autothermal Processes
in Context

The advantages of autothermal operation of chemical reactors are outlined in a recent prospective article by BEI Director Robert C. Brown. The article will appear in the Nov. 18, 2020 edition of the journal Joule. Learn more

C-CHANGE Virtual Conference Explores Biogas Value Chain

More than 200 innovators, researchers, government officials, farmers, and thought leaders from across North America joined in a discussion regarding the potential of renewable natural gas during the October 19, 2020, C-CHANGE Conference, “Why are we missing the boat on biogas?” Learn more from the Iowa State VPR news release