Brent H. Shanks

Brent Shanks has served as CBiRC’s director since the center’s establishment in 2008. He is also a member of the Iowa State University College of Engineering faculty, holding the title of Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Mike and Jean Steffenson Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Learn more about Dr. Shanks’ research interests and work at Iowa State University.

Research Interests

  • Catalytic conversion of biorenewable feedstocks
  • Catalyst supports
  • Thermal deconstruction of biomass


Dr. Shanks received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (1985) and his M.S. in Chemical Engineering (1983) from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Shanks also worked for the Shell Chemicals Company (1997-1999) as a Department Manager and Research Engineer. Learn more about Dr. Shanks’ work, including his publications, in his departmental profile.