The transition to a sustainable raw material base will be one of the most important challenges facing society in the 21st century. As part of this endeavor, substantial increases in the use of biomass-derived feedstock in the chemical industry are expected over the next 50 years. This research involves assessment of the technological, economic, and environmental impacts of producing power, fuels and chemicals from biomass.
Current Research Projects:
These research projects are being led by Robert Anex of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University in collaboration with faculty from Iowa State University and an international consortium of government and industry researchers.
Graduate research associates are drawn from the interdisciplinary Biorenewable Resources and Technology Graduate Program at Iowa State as well as other graduate programs across campus (e.g., Agricultural and Biosystems, Chemical, and Mechanical Engineering). Recent graduates have gone to work at Mascoma, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), ICM and John Deere.
Biorenewable Resources & Technology Students
at the Biorenewables Laboratory Construction Site.
Last updated March 17, 2010