Eric Cochran led the way, counterclockwise, from one 500-gallon industrial tank to another and then another. By the time he got to the 1,300-gallon holding tank at the end he had explained how Iowa State University engineers are producing bio-polymers from soybean oil.
The industrial-scale pilot biopolymers plant being built at the BioCentury Research Farm for use in several different industries nears its completion. The plant, which is a collaboration between the Department of Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE), the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), and industry partners (most prominently Argo Genesis Chemical, a subsidiary … Continue reading Biopolymers plant nears opening
Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. Their goal is to produce commercially viable bioplastic adhesives that will … Continue reading Iowa State researchers hope to make bioplastic adhesives stick in the marketplace
Iowa State’s College of Engineering and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) have joined forces for a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program that will be part of the 2014 STEM Summer Institute at ISU. Starting on June 9, 16 Iowa State faculty members are mentoring 16 high school STEM teachers in their … Continue reading Summer program teaches engineering principles to Iowa STEM teachers
Joseph Petefish, a chemical engineer from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, chose to pursue his Ph.D. at Iowa State University for the world of opportunities that comes along with a doctorate degree in his field. The Ph.D. will come in handy if Petefish ever decides to teach, but for now, he wants to make sure he has … Continue reading Chemical and biological engineering grad student aims to conquer limits with PhD
Reaching an important milestone in their careers, four assistant professors in the College of Engineering have been awarded 2009 CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation(NSF). The faculty honored with this highly competitive award—Dionysios Aliprantis, ECpE; Eric Cochran, CBE; Zhiqun Lin, MSE; and Qingze Zou, ME—will each receive approximately $400,000 over five years in support … Continue reading Four Iowa State engineering faculty receive NSF CAREER Awards