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 (first and third Wednesday of each month) about all issues and topics around Carbon Removal.

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Learn more about Conversations with Carbon here.


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.


Total External Funding for University Sets New Benchmark at $559.1 million

“Anston Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and director of the Bioeconomy Institute, Robert Brown, received an award of $2.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The funding is being used to create a system that converts plastic wastes generated by military forces into fatty alcohols and fatty acids that can be used to create food sources…”

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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.

Review: The Role of Pyrolysis and Gasification in a Carbon Negative Economy

Abstract: The International Panel on Climate Change and the 2015 Climate Summit in Paris have recommended that efforts to reduce carbon emissions be coupled with carbon removal from the atmosphere. Carbon negative energy combines net carbon removal with the production of energy products or other revenue-generating products beyond sequestered carbon… Learn more here.