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Iowa State wins $18.5M grant to create NSF Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Date:9/5/2008

AMES, Iowa The National Science Foundation has awarded Iowa State University and its research partners a five-year, $18.5 million grant to establish the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State.

The award is part of the National Science Foundation's Generation Three Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program. The third-generation Engineering Research Centers are designed to create university and industry partnerships in research and education that promote innovation, transform engineered systems, advance technology and produce engineering graduates who can creatively contribute to U.S. competitive advantage in a global economy.

"This is an exciting development for Iowa State University," said Iowa State President Gregory Geoffroy. "The National Science Foundation's decision to establish a third-generation Engineering Research Center on our campus is a great endorsement of the work our faculty, staff and students have been doing in biorenewable technologies. And the new Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals is a tremendous opportunity for Iowa State to work with partners in the United States and Europe to create a culture of innovation that can develop a sustainable chemical industry."

The goal of Iowa State's NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is to develop technologies that can transform today's petroleum-based chemical industry into an industry based on plants and other biorenewables. The center's focus will be to develop catalysts that promote the chemical reactions that can efficiently produce biorenewable chemicals. A unique strategy will be to integrate two research communities that haven't been working together: those studying biocatalytic technologies and those studying chemical catalytic technologies.

Another objective of the center is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to be creative, innovative engineers who c
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Contact: Brent Shanks
bshanks@iastate.edu
515-294-1895
Iowa State University
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