Faculty, scientists, and students from the Bioeconomy Institute and Iowa State University are descending on Raleigh, North Carolina, Nov. 1-3 at the Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products. Over a dozen BEI and Iowa State representatives will attend, while a number are presenting papers and posters as well.
Known as TCS, the symposium has been held every other year following the first symposium held in 2010 at Iowa State University, with the goal of focusing on thermochemical biomass research and development and providing early career scientists and engineers an opportunity to present their research and interact with the senior researchers in the community. The 2016 symposium will spotlight recent technical advances in thermochemical biomass conversion to biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.
BEI Director Robert C. Brown will chair a plenary session at the event, while assistant professor of mechanical engineering Mark Mba Wright is chairing a session on techno-economic analysis. BEI will also be exhibiting, including showing its 3600 images to immerse attendees in some of its facilities and biomass test plots.
The presenters from Iowa State and their topics include:
Joseph P. Polin, graduate student in mechanical engineering: Process Intensification of a Fluidized Bed Pyrolyzer via Autothermal Operation
Wenqin Li, graduate student in mechanical engineering: Techno-economic (TEA) and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of the Pyrolysis-Bioenergy-Biochar Pathway for Carbon-Negative Energy
Fenglei Qi, graduate student in mechanical engineering: Thermal DEM Simulation of Particle Heat Transfer in a Lab-Scale Double Screw Reactor
Young-Jin Lee, associate professor of chemistry: Thin-Film Fast Pyrolysis of Isotopically Labeled Glucose for the Analysis of Primary Reaction Pathway
Taylor Schulz, BEI postdoc research associate: Continuous Pilot-Scale Loblolly Pine Liquefaction to a Partially Deoxygenated Bio-Oil
Patrick Hall, BEI research associate, Purification of Pyrolytic Sugar from Bio-Oil Fractions
Arpa Ghosh, graduate student in chemical and biological engineering: Production of Soluble and Hydrolyzable Carbohydrates from Biomass Using THF/Water Co-solvent in the Presence of Acid Catalyst
Iowa State students will also present a number of posters at TCS 2016.