BEI Takes Busload to Showcase Thermochemical Research

[LOLGO]tcbiomass2015The Bioeconomy Institute is taking a bus with over 30 Iowa State University students, researchers, faculty, and staff to tcbiomass 2015, an international conference on thermochemical biomass conversion science being held this week in Chicago, IL. The program features four Iowa State researchers as speakers and over 20 as poster presenters. Iowa State is expected to have the largest presence of any university at tcbiomass2015, demonstrating its leadership in field.

The event is bringing together the world’s experts in biomass gasification, pretreatment, pyrolysis, and upgrading to explore progress in the bioeconomy. Some 22 countries are represented among attendees.

[PHOTO]Robert C. BrownThe host of the conference, the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), has announced that BEI Director Robert C. Brown will be presented with the 2015 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science on Nov. 3 at the event. This award recognizes Dr. Brown as a leader whose career has shaped the agenda of thermochemical biomass conversion, made substantial technical contributions, and mentored many young scientists and engineers in the field.

The award is a tribute to the notable Dr. Donald L. Klass, who was president and one of the original founders of the Biomass Energy Research Association (BERA).

Update: BEI/Iowa State student Joseph Polin wins second place in tcbiomass 2015 student poster competition.

Talking about Thermochemical Conversion

[PHOTO]Iowa State at tcbiomass2015The Iowa State speakers at the conference 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.

A contingent of Iowa State University faculty, scientists, and students participated in tcbiomass 2015, highlighting the university’s research in the field of thermochemical conversion of biomass. 

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. See all of the BEI posters.

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. Robert Brown was also on the advisory committee that selected presentations for the conference and will chair a session on pyrolysis.

[BANNER]Thermochemical ProcessingBEI is a sponsor and exhibitor at the conference as well. Its display will highlight BEI’s thermochemical research capabilities as well as its new thrust into modular manufacturing of thermochemical conversion systems. The new BEI Virtual Tour 2015 video, which provides an overview of many thermochemical research projects at BEI, will have its premiere showing at the conference.The conference has posted a video of conference highlights.


The Bioeconomy Institute will be highlighting its leading thermochemical processing research at the international tcbiomass2015 conference this week.

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