Thermal & Catalytic Sciences 2018 Symposium Abstracts Due Apr. 15

[IMAGE]TCS 2018Auburn University is hosting the 2018 edition of the Thermal and Catalytic Sciences Symposium, October 8 – 10, 2018. Called TCS 2018, the event focuses 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.

Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) held the first installment of the symposium in 2010 and co-hosted the event in 2014 with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. RTI International hosted the event in 2016.

Topics to be covered at the symposium include biomass gasification and gas clean up, biomass gas to liquid, pyrolysis and upgrading, solvent liquefaction, and sugars via thermal deconstruction of cellulosic biomass. Other areas to be addressed are co-products upgrading and utilization, lignin utilization, biomass preprocessing and pretreatment, and technoeconomic analysis, life cycle analysis and policy analysis.

Abstracts and Registration

For researchers interested in presenting at the symposium, abstracts are due Apr. 15, 2018. Submit an abstract

The event will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. The registration cost is $550 until Aug. 1, 2018; it then rises to $599. Student registration is $350. Register for TCS 2018

The chair of the TCS 2018 technical committee is Sushil Adhikari, an Alumni Professor in the Biosystems Engineering Department at Auburn University. He is also the Director for the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts at Auburn. C0-chairs are Robert C. Brown, BEI Director and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering at Iowa State; and David C. Dayton, a Fellow and Director of Biofuels at RTI International.

For more information about the symposium, contact Sushil Adhikari, Alumni Professor, Auburn University, 334-844-3543;

Biorenewables Research Poster Symposium 2017

2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday, December 11, 2017
Sukup Atrium

Iowa State undergraduate and graduate students present research posters related to biorenewables.

From the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the Bioeconomy Institute, in collaboration with Dr. Jacqulyn Baughman and Dr. Tom Brumm.

Webinar/Meeting: Maximizing Bioenergy Resources in the Midwest

MGA Announces America’s Smartland Series on Maximizing Bioenergy Resources in the Midwest

The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) will host an America’s Smartland Series focusing on maximizing bioenergy resources in the Midwest. This intensive discussion will bring together governors’ offices and state agency staff, as well as academia, NGOs, and industry leaders from across the region for a series of webinars, culminating in an in-person meeting.

A variety of biomass to energy opportunities exist throughout the Midwest, with feedstocks ranging from energy crops to food waste to manure. Many of these biomass resources are currently not fully developed or utilized and state-led programming or incentives can help grow the industry. Biomass can be converted to electricity and/or heat, used as a source of renewable natural gas, or provide a variety of vehicle fuels. A strong bioenergy market could result in local economic development as well as provide a range of potential environmental benefits.

The MGA Smartland Series will discuss strategies related to:

  • securing a sustainable biomass supply,
  • improving the efficiency of biomass processing and conversion,
  • expanding the bioenergy market, and
  • creating inclusive biomass business models capturing the ag/energy/water nexus.

We invite you register for the meetings listed below. Please note that advanced registration is required for each.

You can also visit for more information about this effort.

Webinar/Meeting Dates

September 14, 2017
Biomass Webinar #3

October 11-12, 2017
In-person Meeting
The meeting, in Coralville, Iowa, will be a combination of selected high-level speakers and attendee discussion to synthesize lessons learned. We are tentatively planning two biomass related tours.
Draft agenda (PDF)


Are you or your organization interested in sponsoring this effort and meeting? The generous support of our sponsors allow us to not only hold this webinar series and meeting.

For more information on sponsoring, please contact Jeff Ewart with the MGA at 202-367-2372.

Seminar | Aspects of process development for synthetic fuels and chemicals production

Sept. 26, 2016, 4:10 p.m.
1306 Elings Hall
Refreshments served

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is developing innovative key processes for the sustainable use of biomass. A highlight is the bioliq® project to convert lignocellulosic biomass into synthetic fuels and chemicals. At KIT, a pilot plant over the entire process chain has been built, which is operated in full since 2014. The multi-stage process consisting of fast pyrolysis to convert biomass into energy dense, liquid like intermediates, high pressure entrained flow gasification to produce tar free syngas with low methane content, high temperature gas cleaning and  conditioning, finished by one-step dimethylether synthesis followed by gasoline production.

Pilot plant operation is supported and accompanied by a strong R&D network providing numerous links to other of process or product options, which can be integrated in advanced biomass utilization concepts. Involved in the bioliq process as well as in other topics related to biomass conversion, high temperature processes and catalysis the KIT scientist will present on biomass liquefaction by pyrolysis as well as by solvo- and hydrothermal processes (Nicolaus Dahmen), increase of efficiency in high temperature process chains at the example of gas cleaning and conditioning (Dieter Stapf), and on the production of oxygenate fuels from biomass-derived synthesis gas (Jörg Sauer).

[PHOTO]Jorg SauerJorg Sauer is a professor of the Chemical Engineering faculty and head of the Institute of Catalysis Research & Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

[PHOTO]Dieter StapfDieter Stapf is a full professor of High Temperature Process Technologies and head of the Institute of Technical Chemistry at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

[PHOTO]Nicholaus DahmenNicholaus Dahmen is leading scientist and professor of Conversion of Renewable Resources at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Seminar Series | Breaking into Industry Sponsored Research: Strategies from Faculty Champions and Tips for Success

Iowa State University’s Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT) has developed a series of seven sessions to be presented during the 2016-2017 academic year. The series, Breaking into Industry Sponsored Research: Strategies from Faculty Champions and Tips for Success, features faculty with a track record of partnering with industry sponsors to generate research funding. It is aimed at Iowa State faculty and graduate students.

Memorial Union, 12:00-1:30 p.m., lunch provided

Attend one or all seven sessions!
For questions, contact:, 515-294-4740

Sept. 8 Finding Industry Partners with Chris Williams
Oct. 12 Protecting Your Research Data When Engaging Industry Collaborators with Balaji Narasimhan
Nov. 11 How Sylvia Cianzio Balances a Diverse Research Portfolio
Dec. 8 How Bryony Bonning Develops Successful Budgets and Proposals from Industry Sponsors
Feb. 7 How Alison Robertson Uses Field Trials and Commodity Agreements in Her Research Portfolio
Mar. 7 How Matt Darr Successfully Selects Amongst the Flexible Solutions for Sponsored Project Agreements
Apr. 11 How ISU Protects Intellectual Property with Jim Oliver

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