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The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Iowa State University engages in a wide range of research, most notably involving multiple faculty in various aspects of bioengineering, materials, and computational reaction engineering. There is a particular emphasis in bringing all of these strengths to bear on obtaining products from biorenewable feedstocks. The presence of the Ames Laboratory of DOE and the department’s leadership of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) (see below) provide many resources for this focus. In the CBE home building of Sweeney Hall is 44,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space, the older portion currently being remodeled with an infrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation. Several faculty members have new laboratory space in the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) building (see below), across the street from Sweeney.BRL -The new 39,000 square foot Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) building, which is the “front door” to the diverse and broad-reaching biorenewables efforts at ISU, is located across the street from Sweeney Hall. A number of CBE faculty members working in the biorenewable area have lab space in this state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research building and additional space is available for new faculty members. In addition to space for individual faculty research, the BRL houses shared space containing reactors, fermentors, and analytical equipment.CBiRC –The goal of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is to help transform the chemical industry by integrating biological and chemical catalysis to create a generalized framework for producing a large number of biorenewable chemicals. The basic approach for this framework is to exploit the polyketide/fatty acid biosynthetic pathway to generate an array of chemical intermediates that can subsequently be converted to industrial chemical products using chemical catalysts. The Center’s efforts to address the technical barriers associated with the vision are organized into three research thrusts: (1) new biocatalysts for pathway engineering, (2) microbial metabolic engineering, and (3) chemical catalyst design. The overall budget for CBiRC activities is >$5.5 million/yr and includes >20 industrial members. In addition to unique collaborative research opportunities, CBiRC creates a novel learning environment for graduate and undergraduate students.

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