Opening Doors to the Bioeconomy

Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) opens opportunities in Iowa’s burgeoning bioeconomy, where our society looks to agriculture for renewable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials (see PDF of BEI Opening Doors Brochure).

BEI covers the entire bioproducts supply chain.

[DIAGRAM]Biobased products chain

From plant breeding, biomass production, and logistics to processing, utilization and even economics policy, BEI takes a systems-wide approach to find long-term, environmentally and economically sustainable solutions.

Our interdisciplinary approach means that we’ll bring in experts and scientists from many fields to work together toward a solution.


BEI is collaborative, inside…

[INFOGRAPHIC]BEI academic collaboration

The institute collaborates with more than 190 faculty in 35 academic departments in all seven of Iowa State’s colleges, plus its graduate college, and more than 25 other research centers and institutes.

…and out.

BEI also teams with major federal agencies, including the U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and the National Science Foundation on major research projects in biorenewables.

BEI is experienced.

[LOGOS]BEI Partners
Since its founding in 2002, BEI has been leading Iowa and the nation in research, development, and education in the bioeconomy field.

Over the years, BEI has worked closely with leading companies in Iowa and beyond. The institute and Iowa State University offer flexible solutions for managing intellectual property.

BEI is a world leader in thermochemical conversion technologies.

BEI focuses on converting cellulosic biomass such as non-food “energy” crops and agricultural residues such as corn stover into fuels and products. It’s developing thermochemical technologies to convert this cellulosic biomass into “drop in” fuels to replace petroleum-based products and bio-oil infused coal to lessen carbon output from coal-fired power plants.

BEI  is educating tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.

From the first graduate program in biorenewable resources and technology in the U.S. to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for K-12 students and teachers, BEI works to excite students and educators about the bioeconomy and to educate tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.

BEI is in Iowa.

With its rich natural resources, vibrant agriculture and manufacturing industries, skilled workforce, and leading research institutes such as BEI, Iowa is poised to lead the nation and the world in reaping the benefits of a robust bioeconomy.

[LOGO]Cultivation Cooridor

Indeed, BEI lies in the heart of Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor, home to some of the world’s leading organizations in biorenewables, agbioscience, biotech and advanced manufacturing.

BEI has world-class facilities.

[COLLAGE]BEI FacilitiesBacking all of BEI’s efforts are two world-class facilities at Iowa State. The Biorenewables Research Laboratory is a 70,000 sq. ft. building housing state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, collaboration space, and labs for industry interactions, part of the Biorenewables Complex.

The BioCentury Research Farm is a first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility for biomass production and pilot-scale processing.

Our doors are open.

To explore what BEI and Iowa State can do for your organization, please contact:

[PHOTO]Jill EukenJill Euken
Deputy Director/Industry Collaborations
515-294-6286 | 712-249-0335 (cell)

1140D Biorenewables Research Laboratory
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50010