Iowa State Student Wins TCS2018 Poster Competition

[PHOTO]Sean Rollag
Sean Rollag, a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering at Iowa State, won first place in the TCS2018 graduate research poster competition held in October 2018.
Sean Rollag, a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering at Iowa State University, won first place in the graduate research poster competition at the TCS 2018 conference held in October 2018 at Auburn University. His poster shows the physical changes in the structure of biomass during thermal deconstruction. The competition was sponsored by Frontier Lab.

Rollag studies under Robert C. Brown, director of the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) and distinguished professor and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Rollag hopes to one day work in industry dealing with biorenewables.

Others from Iowa State presenting posters were Parinaz Hafezi Sefat, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, and Preston Gable, a thermochemical research engineer at BEI. Chad Peterson, Jake Lindstrom, and Joseph Polin, all graduate students in mechanical engineering, presented talks at the event. Robert Brown, BEI director, and Marjorie Rover, a thermochemical research scientist at BEI, also made presentations.

[PHOTO]TCS2018 BEI group
A contingent of faculty, staff, and students from the Bioeconomy Institute and the BioCentury Research Farm attended TCS2018 and took a tour of Auburn University’s thermochemical conversion facilities.
TCS, the Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products, has been held every other year following the first symposium held in 2010 at Iowa State. It’s focused on thermochemical biomass research and development and aims to provide early career scientists and engineers an opportunity to present research and interact with senior researchers in the community.

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