Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team

The Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT), established in 1995, promotes research in the development of biorenewable polymers from Midwest crops, encourages bioplastics in industry, and works towards new formulations and processing techniques.  We work with plant-based oils, proteins, adhesives, and composites.

Our team is focused on four major research areas:  biobased polymers, protein-based plastics, cellulosic-based composites, and design, characterization, and use of biopolymers and biocomposites.  The team consists of world leaders in research and teaching in these areas.

Website: www.biocom.iastate.edu

Safety Training Instruction and Research Center

A part of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, the Safety Training Instruction and Research Center (STIR) is a national resource for environmental, safety, and health information. Providing training; outreach and education; and encouraging continual process and human performance improvement in the workplace.  STIR is an innovative training center established with construction, general industry, and small businesses in mind.

Website URL: http://www.stir.iastate.edu

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that both are profitable and conserve natural resources. It was established under the Groundwater Protection Act of 1987 with a three-fold mission: (1) to conduct research into the negative impacts of agricultural practices; (2) to assist in developing alternative practices; and (3) to work with ISU Extension to inform the public of Leopold Center findings.  The Center is administered through the Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station and Iowa State University.

Website URL: http://www.leopold.iastate.edu

Iowa Water Center

The Iowa Water Center coordinates and administers an interdisciplinary, statewide program in water resources research.  It administers the research funds received from the U.S. Department of the Interior, as made available through the Water Resources Research Act of 1983, and from the State of Iowa.  Funds received from private, state, and federal sources are allocated for research in all aspects of water resources, directed primarily at solving state, regional, and national water problems.  Technology transfer and information dissemination are additional elements of the program.

Website URL: http://www.water.iastate.edu

Industrial Assessment Center

This center provides energy audits to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies and recommends ways to reduce their energy consumption and become more profitable.  ISU teams that include faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students visit the site, collect data, conduct analyses, and write reports for each company.

Website URL: http://www3.me.iastate.edu/iac/

Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies

Through its research, education and outreach programs, the Center for Sustainable Environment Technologies (CSET) seeks to promote, develop, and demonstrated sustainable energy and environmental technologies, particularly those that address environmentally driven problems in energy utilization.  The center especially concentrates on thermochemical technologies that convert carbonaceous solid fuels into heat, power, and liquid fuels.  CSET organizes multidisciplinary teams of ISU faculty, staff, and students, as well as researchers from industry, national laboaratories, and other universities to address problems in sustainable energy development.  CSET is a center of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, a network of research and technology transfer centers and industrial outreach programs at Iowa State University.

Website URL: http://www.cset.iastate.edu

Bioeconomy Institute

The Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) is an outgrowth of the Bioeconomy Initiative — a campuswide effort, launched in 2002, to investigate the use of biorenewable resources as sustainable feedstocks for producing chemicals, fuels, materials, and energy.  Today, the BEI has over 160 faculty affiliated members who contribute to the Bioeconomy Initiative with over $60 million in cumulative sponsored research funding from industry and federal agencies ranging from the Department of Agriculture to the National Science Foundation.

Website URL: http://www.biorenew.iastate.edu

BioCentury Research Farm

Biocentury Research FarmThe BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing.  Biomass includes both lignocellulosic crops and grain.  This facility presents a unique opportunity for industry collaboration.  It will accelerate innovation and production capacity associated with biobased fuels, chemicals, and products.  Collaborations for developing sustainable technologies will provide solutions that pave the way to meet national energy, economic, and environmental directives.

Website URL: http://www.biocenturyresearchfarm.iastate.edu

NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Center for Biorenewable ChemicalsThe NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) will develop the fundamental knowledge and technology and the academic and industrial partnerships needed to provide a foundation for U.S. industrial chemical production to be transformed from a petroleum-based industry to a renewable resource-based industry. It will educate a workforce capable of enabling this transformation.

Website URL: http://www.cbirc.iastate.edu