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 […]

Iowa State engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon

Engineers at Iowa State University have found a way to combine a genetically engineered strain of yeast and an electrocatalyst to efficiently convert sugar into a new type of nylon. Previous attempts to combine biocatalysis and chemical catalysis to produce biorenewable chemicals have resulted in low conversion rates. That’s usually because the biological processes leave […]

Tax Credit Would Help Iowa Biochemical Industry

Iowa could take a chunk of the nation’s $250 billion chemical market with greener replacements, but a state tax incentive is needed to help build the new industry, according to a report released Thursday. The state’s already established renewable energy sector makes it an ideal location for companies looking to manufacture bio-based chemicals, since they use some of the […]