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.”

2016-17 Holiday/Winter Break Hours

CBiRC Holiday HoursIn observance of Iowa State University’s 2016-17 holiday/winter breaks, and to support institutional energy conservation efforts during these times of lower activity, CBiRC administrative offices will adopt a reduced work schedule, as follows:

Thanksgiving Break Hours

November 21-22:        7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-4:00 pm

November 23:             7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-3:00 pm

November 24-25:        Closed, University Holiday

Winter Break Hours

December 19-21:        7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-4:00 pm

December 22:             7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-3:00 pm

December 23-26:        Closed, University Holiday

December 27-30:        Closed

January 2:                    Closed, University Holiday

January 3-6:                7:30-11:50 am | 12:30-4:00 pm

January 9:                    Resume normal business hours (8:00-11:50 am and 1:00-5:00 pm)

Emergency Contact:  515-294-8549

NOTE:  Exterior doors of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) will remain locked from 5:00 pm, December 22, until 7:30 am, January 3.  CBiRC faculty, staff and students who wish to work over the winter break should remember to carry their access cards at all times in order to enter/re-enter the building.