Biofuels and Co-products Research

Production and use of biofuels can lessen society’s dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels, reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, and add value to Iowa’s agricultural crops. Ongoing research at the Center for Crops Utilization Research is focused on improving ethanol and biodiesel production. Below are projects underway:

Growth Performance and Kinetics of Probiotic Microorganisms in Enzyme-modified Corn Distillers Dried Grains

Project Investigators: Buddhi Lamsal
Funding: Lallemand Animal Nutrition

SBIR Phase 1: Commercial Scale-up of Algal Fermentation Processes to Manufacture Eicosapentaenoic Acid

Project Investigators: Zhiyou Wen
Funding: ALGISYS, LLC

Developing a Novel Algal Culture System as Life Support System under Microgravity Conditions

Project Investigators: Zhiyou Wen
Funding: University of Northern Iowa

Producing and Characterizing Bacillus Subtilis Biosurfactants with Potentially Lower Environmental Impact for Salt Water Applications

Project Investigators: Buddhi Lamsal (Iowa State University), Andy Nyman (Louisiana State University), and P. Somasundaram (Columbia University)
Funding: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Program

New Novel Biofuels Mycomeal

Project Investigators: Nicholas Gabler and Hans van Leeuwen
Funding: National Pork Board

Enzyme Modification of Whole Beer to Produce Value-added DDGS. Phase I: Laboratory and Small Pilot-scale Investigations

Project Investigators: Lawrence Johnson, Tong Wang, and Hui Wang
Funding: DIREVO Industrial Biotechnology GmbH