Skip to main content


Sunny field

The Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University leads the nation and world in establishing the bioeconomy, where society obtains renewable fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials from agricultural resources.

More about BEI

Conversations About Carbon

Conversations About Carbon

Join us and bring your lunch (virtually), as we talk with guests on the first and third Wednesday of each month. We'll talk about all issues and topics around Carbon Removal.

Did you miss a conversation? Don't worry - past conversations are available to watch later on video.

Learn more about the Conversation

CUWP and parter logos

Research experience for undergrads in chemical upcycling of waste plastics

Through support from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Multi-University Center for the Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics (CUWP) is hosting a Research Experience for Undergraduates in the Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics. Student positions will be available at CUWP campuses at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Iowa State University. 

Learn more and apply

Iowa State receives $231.1 million in external research funding in FY2021

Total External Funding for University Sets New Benchmark at $559.1 million

“Anston Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and director of the Bioeconomy Institute, Robert Brown, received an award of $2.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The funding is being used to create a system that converts plastic wastes generated by military forces into fatty alcohols and fatty acids that can be used to create food sources…”

Read full article

Screenshot of the Ames Tribune article

Letter to the Ames Tribune: Carbon removal could, in fact, bring great benefits

Robert Brown, Lisa Schulte Moore, and Tannon Daugaard write into the Ames Tribute about the benefits of carbon removal.

Read the article

Screenshot of Rober Brown's article in Joule

Brown puts autothermal processes in context

The advantages of autothermal operation of chemical reactors are outlined in a recent prospective article by BEI Director Robert C. Brown. The article appeared in the Nov. 18, 2020 edition of the journal Joule.

Read all about it

Diagram from the article

The Role of Pyrolysis and Gasification in a Carbon Negative Economy

Abstract: The International Panel on Climate Change and the 2015 Climate Summit in Paris have recommended that efforts to reduce carbon emissions be coupled with carbon removal from the atmosphere. Carbon negative energy combines net carbon removal with the production of energy products or other revenue-generating products beyond sequestered carbon…

Access full paper