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Latest News

Bioprocess Analytical Chemist at NREL - Biofuels from Lipids/Oils

Job posting - NREL; Research and Process Design Engineer

Job posting - Senior Process Engineer at NREL

Bioenergy at CSU Fall 2016 Series

Dr. Dave Kramer
Michigan State University
The Limits of Photsynthesis: What We can Learn When We Bridge the Gaps Between the Lab and the World
Tuesday, April 7, 2016 at 11am in LSC, Virginia Dale room

Dr. Robert McCormick
Co-Optimization of Spark-Ignition Engines and Biofuels
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11am in LSC 324

Power from Sugar: Biomass May Replace Gas, Researcher Says.

Bioenergy at CSU Fall 2015 Series

Dr. Percival Zhang
Virginia Tech
Carbohydrate Would Be New Oil via a New Biomanufacturing Platform
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 11am in LSC 308-310

Dr. Phil Pienkos
National Renewable Energy Lab
A Biorefinery Concept for Accelerated Commercialization of Algal Biofuel Production
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11:30am in LSC 376-378

Dr. Mark Maupin
Colorado School of Mines
Impact of Ionic Liquids on Solvation and Hyrolysis of Cellulose Oligomers
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 11am in LSC 324

Dr. Emily Heaton
Iowa State University
Can Profit Push Perennials in the Corn Belt?
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11am in LSC 308-310

Bioenergy at CSU Spring 2015 Series

Dr. Anne Ruffing
Sandia National Laboratories
Tuesday April 28, 2015 at 11 am in 312 LSC

Dr. Donald Ort
University of Illinois and Research Leader for the USDA/ARS Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit
Improving Photosynthetic Efficiency for Improved Yield: Are Crop Plants too Green?
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 11 am in 382 LSC

Dr. Dominique Loque
Joint Bioenergy Institute, Department of Energy
Use of synthetic biology to improve bioenergy crops
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11 am in 382 LSC

Bioenergy at CSU Fall 2014 Seminar Series

Dr. Karl Albrecht
Chemical and Biological Processes Group
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 11 am in LSC 304-306

Dr. Martin Spalding
Director of the ISU Crop Bioengineering Consortium
Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Iowa State University
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 11 am in LSC 304-306

Dr. Kristiina Iisa
Senior Engineer, National Bioenergy Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
"Production of Transportation Fuels from Mountain Pine Beetle-Killed Trees via Fast Pyrolysis"
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 2 pm in LSC 386.
See Kristiina Iisa's seminar at 

Bioenergy at CSU Spring 2014 Seminar Series

Dr. Gerry Ostheimer
Global lead for SE4ALL Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity
"Making Bioenergy Research Relevant for International Need"
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11 am in Eddy 100

Dr. Ramon Gonzalez
Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency at ARPA-E
"Engineering Biology for Energy Applications"
Monday, March 24 at 12:15 pm in LSC 224-226.

Palm Oil Awareness Days
- March 26 and 27 from 10-2 and 4:30-6:30. Supports the CSU Palm Oil Committee, GAIA, Trunks and Leaves, Inc., and the Rainforest Action Network. 

March 26 - Lory Student Center Room 228
March 27 - Faculty Discussion. Clark A 103 

Faculty Discussion Panelists:
Dr. Suzanne Kent:
Dept. of Anthropology professor- Knowledge of green grabbing

Dr. Keith Paustian:
Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences- Palm oil as a biofuel feedstock and possible policy changes

Dr. Shermin de Silva:
President and founder of Trunks n’ Leaves, has seen first-hand effects of palm oil industry on elephants

Dr. Patrick Martin:
Associate professor in landscape ecology, and experience in tropical systems


The Clean Energy Supercluster is an innovative model for expediting cutting-edge CSU technology to market by delivering solutions in clean energy through more effective partnering with the clean energy industry, governments, investors, and...

The NSF IGERT Program in Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Bioenergy is designed to prepare PhD graduates who are trained as interdisciplinary scientists with a full understanding of the technical challenges facing...

The Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center (SBDC) was created to enhance the capability of America's bioenergy industry to produce transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks on a large scale, through processes that are efficient as...

Clean Energy Superclusters

MAS Bioenergy         Oilseed Research Group

SBDC         C2B2