Category: Sustainability

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, … Continue reading Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team

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 … Continue reading Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

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 … Continue reading Iowa Water Center

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 … Continue reading Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies

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 … Continue reading Bioeconomy Institute

BioCentury Research Farm

The 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 … Continue reading BioCentury Research Farm

NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

The 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 … Continue reading NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals