Chad Peterson, a BEI research assistant and Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, won second place in the Student Poster Challenge at the tcbiomassplus2019 conference held in October 2019 in Rosemont, IL. The event is an international conference focusing on the science of thermochemical conversion of biomass and municipal solid waste (MSW) to renewable gas (RNG), liquid fuels, and chemicals.
Peterson won for his poster entitled, “Catalytic Pyrolysis of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metal Passivated Biomass.” His major professor is Robert C. Brown, BEI director and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering.
The conference program featured three poster presentations from Iowa State. In addition, Peterson and two other Iowa State researchers gave technical talks, while Brown delivered a keynote address. BEI, along with the BioCentury Research Farm, also had an exhibit at the event to showcase their capabilities.