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  • Aerial view of prairie STRIPS interspersed between row-crops

    $80 Million Grant Aims to Make Regenerative Farming Practice a Moneymaker for Farmers

    An Iowa State University research team is part of an $80 million federal grant to show how generating renewable natural gas from cover crops and prairie grass could give farmers a market-based motivation to use conservation practices that sequester carbon dioxide and improve water quality.

  • Containers with samples of milled biomass, biochar and bio-oils (left to right). The biomass is converted into the char and oils in the pilot-scale pyrolizer at the Biorenewables Center.

    ISU team receives XPRIZE Carbon Removal landmark award for innovative vision to remove carbon from the atmosphere

    An Iowa State University research team that helped develop a demonstration-scale pyrolyzer capable of sequestering thousands of tons of carbon dioxide a year has received a prestigious milestone award from XPRIZE Carbon Removal...

  • Robert Brown and Lisa Schulte Moore named co-directors of Iowa State University's Bioeconomy Institute

    The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research announced Robert Brown and Lisa Schulte Moore will serve as co-directors of the nationally renowned Bioeconomy Institute (BEI).

  • Students brewing beer

    Robert Brown has been brewing beer in his basement for over a decade now. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the distinguished professor at the Bioeconomy Institute has always enjoyed the science of the brewing process, along with the end product. So when he was approached about helping the Center for Crops Utilization Research he agreed, on the condition that he could also teach a course on the science of brewing beer. And with the help of an ISU alum involved in making brewing equipment, the center has a state-of-the-art facility for students to learn the process and history of making beer. Learn more!

  • Tannon Daugaard, an engineer at the Bioeconomy Institute, with the pilot-scale pyrolizer at the Biorenewables Center. Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University News Service.

    Innovation at Work: Breaking ground on next-generation agricultural markets

    AMES, Iowa – Iowa soil is good at growing crops. In fact, it’s probably the best agricultural soil in the world. And, while Iowa’s farmland has proven itself to be a powerhouse for producing cash crops like corn and soybeans, Iowa State University scientists are dreaming up innovative ways to grow new value, new markets and new revenue streams from Iowa soils.

  • 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.

  • This program will develop a synthesis and assessment of USDA NIFA’s investments in the ‘SAS’ program for FY18-FY24, and provide programmatic review of SAS projects, to include impacts, assessment and evaluation of the Coordinated Agricultural Project ‘CAP’ program in relation to program goals, the USDA Science Blueprint, the USDA Strategic Goals, and USDA Agriculture Innovation Agenda.  Comprehensive analysis of USDA NIFA support of research, education, & extension to identify systems challenges in the sustainability of U.S. agriculture and food production.

  • The Sun Grant Program will benefit multidisciplinary, multi-institutional/multi-state teams integrating research, extension, and education programs addressing critical challenges in the bioeconomy

  • ECO-CBET will support fundamental research activities that confront vexing environmental engineering and sustainability problems by developing foundational knowledge underlying processes and mechanisms such that the design of innovative new materials, processes, and systems is possible.

  • The EPA (P3) Award Program seeks student teams proposing to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges.

  • This Topic Area [“T”] will identify and support disruptive concepts in energy-related technologies within small businesses, including collaborations with universities/national labs, and have potential for large-scale impact.

  • The advantages of autothermal operation of chemical reactors are outlined in a recent prospective article by Robert C. Brown, director of the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI), Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. The article will appear in the Nov. 18, 2020 edition of Joule, which publishes research, analysis, and ideas addressing the need for sustainable energy.

  • At minimum, 1 PI and 2 Co-PIs will participate. Interdisciplinary research encouraged, particularly for E3P applications. At minimum, 1 tenure or tenure-track PI must hold a faculty appointment within a College of Engineering. Topics are as follows…

  • Jessica Brown, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, won first place in the graduate research poster competition at the TCS 2020 conference held virtually in October 2020. Her winning poster was titled: “A novel semi-batch autoclave to overcome thermal dwell time in solvent liquefaction experiments”. A cash prize of $400 came with the award. An Iowa State student won first place in the poster competitions at the 2014, 2016, and 2018 TCS bi-annual conferences as well.

  • Researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) and its partners will create a system that converts wastes generated by military expeditionary forces into food. The technology could vastly improve military logistics and may have wider application to produce food and reduce plastic wastes.

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a Phase I cooperative agreement for $2.7 million that could entail up to $7.8 million over the course of the project. Partners include the University of Delaware, Sandia National Laboratories, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE)/RAPID Institute.

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