Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute has hosted scientists, engineers, and economic development professionals from China, France, and the Czech Republic this fall.
Zie Zuqi, Yi Wenyu, and Ziong Changguo from southwest China visited ISU on September 23rd. They are engineers for the Sichuan Research and Design Institute of Agricultural Machinery and are interested in improving the gasification systems used in southwest China to provide power to rural villages. They are interested in establishing collaborations with ISU to improve efficiencies of the gasification systems and to explore pyrolysis for energy production.
A delegation of 16 scientists and engineers from French industry and academia visited the ISU Bioeconomy Institute and the ISU BioCentury Research Farm on September 26th. The purpose of the visit was to develop technological and commercial partnerships between ISU and French entities in the field of biopolymers. Two specific follow-on activities were identified:
- Pyrolysis to recycle roofing materials and bioasphalt for roofing materials (Dr. Robert Brown and Dr. Chris Williams)
- Biobased Industry Center participation (Dr. Bruce Babcock)
A delegation of 18 individuals involved in economic development in the Czech Republic visited the Biorenewables Research Laboratory on September 26th. The visitors were interested in learning about the Bioeconomy Institutes initiatives to move discoveries from the laboratory to commercial applications, the ISU student Biobus project, and ISU biorenewables educational programs.