NSF awards maximum support to Iowa State-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added three years and $8.48 million to the grant supporting the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University.

That brings NSF’s total funding of the center (known as CBiRC, “See-burk”) to the maximum allowed: 10 years and $35.26 million. NSF support of the center began in September 2008 and will end in August 2018. After that, the center must be self-supporting.

Faculty receive special recognition

Ten Iowa State faculty members received special awards for the 2015-16 academic year. Three faculty each have been named Distinguished and University Professor, and four have been named Morrill Professor. They, along with other university and regent award recipients, will be honored Sept. 21 at the annual faculty and staff awards ceremony. Distinguished Professor The … Continue reading Faculty receive special recognition

ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering

ExxonMobil Corporation is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass – rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks, switchgrass or wood chips) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can … Continue reading ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering

Engineering students awarded 2014 Leading the Bioeconomy Graduate Fellowships

Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) presented Leading the Bioeconomy Graduate Fellowships to engineering and food science and human nutrition graduate students on April 22. These fellowships are offered as part of the Leading the Bioeconomy Initiative appropriation from the Iowa Legislature, and administered through the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI). These fellowships seek to attract high caliber … Continue reading Engineering students awarded 2014 Leading the Bioeconomy Graduate Fellowships

Companies spin off from Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, ‘de-risk’ their technologies

Two companies launched by discoveries at an engineering research center based at Iowa State University have won business development grants to help them commercialize their biorenewable technologies. Both technologies would help industries produce chemicals from biorenewable sources rather than petroleum. They were developed by researchers at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable … Continue reading Companies spin off from Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, ‘de-risk’ their technologies

Engineering perspective underlies success at CBiRC

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals continues gaining momentum in its effort to transform the chemical industry. The center, referred to as CBiRC, was recently awarded an additional three years of funding from NSF. The added $12 million brings the total award to $30.5 million over eight years, and will … Continue reading Engineering perspective underlies success at CBiRC

CBiRC Team

NSF adds three years, $12 million to ISU-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Engineers and scientists are working together in new ways to invent catalysts that lead to industrial chemicals from biorenewable resources. Industrial partnerships are expanding. Startup companies are launching. Education partnerships are reaching teachers and students. And an international reputation is growing. They’re all steps the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at … Continue reading NSF adds three years, $12 million to ISU-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

CBiRC works to build new expectations in STEM education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) based at Iowa State University is committed to involving the center in meaningful collaborations with pre-college entities, engaging K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the role these fields have in solving global challenges.

Gift creates Steffenson Professorship, engineering scholarships

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering has received a gift commitment of $700,000 from Mike and Jean Steffenson of Davenport, Iowa. The Iowa State graduates have established funds for a variety of uses within the College of Engineering including the Steffenson Professorship in Chemical Engineering. The couple will provide $125,000 over the next five years … Continue reading Gift creates Steffenson Professorship, engineering scholarships