The Mission of CSET
The center seeks to promote, develop, and demonstrate thermochemical technologies for the production of fuels, chemicals, and power from biomass and fossil fuels.
tcs2014 “Call for Abstracts” Now Open
TCS 2014, a biofuels symposium focused exclusively on thermochemical processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals, has opened its “Call for Abstracts.” The event will be held Sept. 2-5, 2014 in Denver, CO and is co-hosted by BEI and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. tcs2014 Call for Abstracts | Visit tcs2014 Website
BEI Upgrades Pilot Biofuels Conversion System
The Bioeconomy Institute has redesigned its pilot pyrolysis unit located at Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm. The system is being rebuilt and will provide researchers with better data for research into conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals. Read article | Read news release from Iowa State
CSET Researchers, Students, Attend tcbiomass2013
More than 25 faculty, staff, and students from the ISU Bioeconomy Institute, including many from CSET, participated in tcbiomass2013, the International Conference on Thermochemical Biomass Conversion Science, held in Chicago, IL, Sept. 3-6, 2013. Read article on the BEI Website | See CSET Posters from tcbiomass2013
Grad Students Recognized for Excellence
Kaige Wang, Yanan Zhang, and Dustin Dalluge, Ph.D. mechanical engineering students of CSETdirector Robert C. Brown, were recognized for excellence by Iowa State University’s Graduate College recently. Wang and Zhang won research excellence awards, which recognize the “best of the best” graduating students who have submitted theses and dissertations. Dalluge won a teaching excellence award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement by graduate students in teaching. Read article on the BEI Web site
CSET Research in Green Chemistry Journal
Kaige Wang, a researcher with the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET), and Robert C. Brown, CSET and BEI director, are featured with a inside-front cover story in Green Chemistry’s March 2013 issue. The article discusses new technology that may move microalgae biorefineries one step closer to economic and environmental feasibility.
In the article, “Catalytic pyrolysis of microalgae for production of aromatics and ammonia,” the researchers report on an economically- and environmentally-promising microalgae biorefinery pathway. It uses catalytic pyrolysis with HZSM-5 catalyst to convert whole microalgae into aromatic hydrocarbons. This process produces valuable petrochemicals and ammonia, the latter of which can be recycled as a fertilizer for microalgae cultivation. Microalgae present many advantages as a feedstock for biofuel. With the promise catalytic pyrolysis offers for solving some of microalgae’s disadvantages, microalgae biorefineries move one step closer to economic and environmental feasibility. Read article in Green Chemistry