May-June 2017 Newsletter


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Gross-Wen Technologies receives SBIR grant for selenium-rich algae study

Gross-Wen Technologies has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The 8-month Phase I grant, totaling $100,000, will be used to study the potential of producing an alternative source of bioavailable selenium from microalgae biomass. The Iowa Innovation Corporation Matching Financial Assistance Program is providing a $25,000 matching grant to augment the USDA SBIR award. Read More >>


Using the homogenizer

Pilot Plant Update

Four new research projects were carried out in the pilot plants: the high-pressure homogenizer was used to produce multiple oil emulsions, several batches of corn meal were produced using the grinding mill, the pilot-scale colloid mill was used to treat liquid egg yolk, and two gallons of Procream were produced using the spray dryer. Read More >>




Transplanting Miscanthus in the BCRF Plant Zoo

BioCentury Research Farm Update

The Plant Zoo demonstration plots have been planted, two BCRF faculty affiliates join a new carbon economy consortium, and an overview of the solvent liquefaction pilot plant is now available online. Read More >>