Researchers develop, test new system for making biorenewable chemicals

10-16-2018 by Mike Krapfl, News Service

AMES, Iowa – Researchers will test a new way of producing biobased chemicals that’s backed by 10 years of working in laboratories, partnering with industries and launching startups.

The researchers’ work is based on the concept that certain “bioprivileged molecules” have unique properties and can be efficiently converted to chemical products. The idea is one result of a decade of studies by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) based at Iowa State University.  [Read more…]

Sundeep Vani Joins Iowa State University as Chief Technology Officer for Biobased Products

10-25-2019 By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

Sundeep Vani has joined Iowa State University to serve in the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Biobased Products, part of the State of Iowa’s Biosciences-based economic growth initiative.

In his role as CTO, Vani will serve as a conduit between research and industry. He will work closely with both the Biobased Product platform lead, Brent Shanks, his team and the Iowa Innovation Corporation (IIC) CEO and staff to help identify promising emerging technologies and facilitate their development into commercial products.  [Read more…]

2019-20 Holiday/Winter Break Hours

CBiRC Holiday HoursIn observance of Iowa State University’s 2019-20 holiday/winter breaks, and in support of institutional energy conservation efforts during these times of lower activity, administrative offices of CBiRC and the BEI (1140 BRL) will adopt a reduced work schedule, as follows:

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Mon-Wed, Nov 25-27:     7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-4:00 pm

Thur-Fri, Nov  28-29:     OFFICE CLOSED (University Holiday)

Winter Break Hours

Mon, Dec 23:     OFFICE CLOSED

Tue-Wed, Dec 24-25:    OFFICE CLOSED (University Holiday)

Thur-Fr, Dec 26-27:     OFFICE CLOSED

Mon-Tue, Dec 30-31:     7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-4:00 pm

Wed, Jan 1:    OFFICE CLOSED (University Holiday)

Thur-Fri, Jan 2-3:    7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-4:00 pm

Mon-Fri, Jan 6-10:    7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-4:00 pm

Mon, Jan 13:     Normal business hours resume (8:00-11:50 am and 1:00-5:00 pm)

Trouble Calls:  515-294-5100 (FP&M)  |  515-294-4428 (DPS)  |  911 (true emergencies only)

NOTE:  Exterior doors to the BRL should not be affected, i.e., with the exception of weekends and official university holidays, exterior doors are unlocked between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.  Nevertheless, CBiRC faculty, staff and students who wish to work over the breaks should remember to carry their ISU cards at all times in order to enter/re-enter the building.

Biobased Chemicals One of Four Platforms Recommended for Growing Iowa’s Bioscience Economy

On Dec. 19, 2017, Gov. Kim Reynolds released a study by the consulting firm TEConomy Partners that recommends four platforms for growing Iowa’s bioscience economy. Iowa State University has made investments and built strengths in three of the platforms – biobased chemicals; precision and digital agriculture; and vaccines and immunotherapeutics.  [Read more…]

NSF CAREER Award for CBE’s Shao

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering assistant professor and CBiRC faculty investigator Zengyi Shao has been named a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.  [Read more…]

CBiRC Graduate Students Take Summer Internships in Industry

Liza Alexander, a Ph.D. candidate in MCDB, and Naazneen Sofeo, a Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry, both graduate students in Professor Basil Nikolau’s research group, are headed off to internships in industry for the summer.  [Read more…]

ISU chemical engineers discover key to unlocking performance of hydrogenation catalysts

ISU assistant professor Jean-Philippe Tessonnier’s CBiRC-funded research on carbon-supported palladium catalysts is featured in the journal Nature Communications and an 8/29/2017 ISU news release [Read more…]

Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules, innovation, value

CBiRC’s model for creating, applying, and commercializing chemicals made from corn stalks, wood chips and other sources of biomass is featured in the July 2017 issue of the journal Green Chemistry and an 8/25/2017 ISU news release [Read more…]

Shao named Jack and Carol Johnson Faculty Fellow

On February 2, 2017, Iowa State University assistant professor Zengyi Shao (Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering) was named Jack and Carol Johnson Faculty Fellow. [Read more…]

Tessonnier appointed to advisory board of prominent journal

Iowa State University assistant professor Jean-Philippe Tessonnier (Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering) has been appointed to the Early Career Board (ECB) of the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.  He becomes just one of 11 individuals worldwide to hold this honor.  For more on the ECB, including a link to a full listing of its inaugural members, see “Four Years of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering:  Reflections and New Developments” and jump to the section titled “Recognizing and Involving Early Career Researchers.”