BEI, Iowa State to Make Splash at tcbiomass2015

[LOLGO]tcbiomass2015Iowa State University is expected to have the largest presence of any university at tcbiomass2015, the fourth international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science. The preliminary program features four Iowa State researchers as speakers and over 20 as poster presenters. The event is Nov. 2-5, 2015, in Chicago.

The speakers are Marjorie Rover, a thermochemical research scientist at BEI, Xianglan Bai, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, along with Rajeeva Thilakartne and Chloe Dedic, both graduate students in mechanical engineering.

Iowa State will also be represented by 22 poster presenters at the conference, covering pyrolysis, gasification, and upgrading/pretreatment of biomass. Presenters include BEI staff researchers Preston Gable, Patrick Johnston, Patrick Hall, Ashokkumar Sharma, and Shuai Zhou as well as Rover. Iowa State faculty presenting posters are Young-Jin Lee, chemistry, and Song-Charng Kong, mechanical engineering.

Also presenting are mechanical engineering graduate students Soroush Aramideh, Bernardo Del Campo, Martin Haverly, Wenqi li, Arian Jafari, Jake K. Lindstrom, Longwen Ou, Yaoyu Pan, Joseph Polin, Juan Proano Aviles, and Yuan Xue; chemical and biological engineering graduate students Sanaz Abdolmohammadi, and Arpa Ghosh; and economics graduate student Ryan Goodrich.

BEI Director Robert C. Brown, who was on the advisory committee that selected presentations, will also chair a session on pyrolysis. BEI is a sponsor and will have an exhibit at the conference.

Technology for the Bioeconomy

The conference is expected to attract over 300 attendees from around the world. It brings together experts in biomass pretreatment, gasification, pyrolysis, and upgrading. The theme for this year’s event is “Technology for the Bioeconomy.” It will cover developments in thethermochemical conversion of renewable resources into a variety of fuels, chemicals and energy products, which is driving the emergence of an increasingly diverse and significant bioeconomy. Thermochemical processes employing heat and pressure extract maximum product yields from biomass resources.

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