The Bioeconomy Institute’s Thermochemical Research Program seeks to promote, develop, and demonstrate thermochemical technologies (using heat, pressure, and catalysts) for the production of fuels, chemicals, and power from biomass and fossil fuels. This program, formerly known as the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, is a core research program at BEI.
BEI develops new or expanded areas of interdisciplinary research relevant to challenges in the emerging bioeconomy, including:
- Hybrid Processing Program
- Modular Manufacturing for Bioprocessing
- Computational Thermochemical Conversion Program
- Algae Research Program
- Climate Science Program (external site)
The Biobased Industry Center (BIC) leverages the intellectual resources of interdisciplinary research and educational programs to address critical business, infrastructure, supply chain, and policy issues facing the growing biobased economy.
A national panel led by Iowa State University explored technologies that capture, use and sequester carbon while enhancing food production, ecosystems, economic development and national security.
The Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is developing the tools, components and materials needed to transform carbohydrate feedstocks into bio-based chemicals. Core know-how and technologies include bioengineering of fatty acid and polyketide biochemistry in microorganisms, as well as an innovative and complimentary portfolio of developments in chemical catalysis. By combining biocatalysis and chemical catalysis CBiRC creates new know-how and powerful systems that have the potential to nurture a sustainable bio-based chemical industry.
An ambitious Iowa State University-based, USDA sponsored, research project investigating the creation of a Midwestern sustainable biofuels system for producing fuels from feedstocks derived from potentially high biomass producing herbaceous perennials using the pyrolytic conversion process.
This five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation will build Iowa’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The effort is composed of four major platforms: bioenergy, wind energy, energy utilization, and energy policy. This project is part of state-wide Iowa EPSCoR program.