Dr. Robert Brown of Iowa State University will speak on “Thermochemical Processing of Biomass” for the spring seminar presented by the NSF CREST Bioenergy Center.
The seminar will be held on Thursday March 28, 11:00 a.m., in the New Science Building Room 200.
Thermochemical processing uses heat and catalysts to transform biomass to fuels and biobased chemicals. Thermochemical processing includes gasification, pyrolysis, and solvolysis, each of which has its advantages and challenges. Dr. Brown’s talk will provide an overview of these processing options along with the results of recent studies at Iowa State University.
Dr. Brown is Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. He is the director of ISU’s Bioeconomy Institute and the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies. His research focuses on the thermochemical processing of biomass and fossil fuels into energy, fuels, and chemicals.