CIRAS and CCUR Host Tour of Fermentation and Bioprocessing Labs

February 28, 2019

Zhiyou Wen, CCUR interim director, (center) gives an overview of the different fermenters located in the Fermentation Facility.
Zhiyou Wen, CCUR interim director, (center) gives an overview of the different fermenters located in the Fermentation Facility.

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and the Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) hosted a tour on how to use Iowa State University experts and capabilities in fermentation and bioprocessing labs Feb. 21. Participants toured CCUR's Fermentation Facility and the BioCentury Research Farm's Biochemical Processing Train. 

During the tour, Zhiyou Wen, CCUR interim director, gave an overview of CCUR and the fermentation resources available to companies including equipment, mixers, separators and dryers. He also discussed how companies can work with Iowa State to access those resources.  

Attendees had the opportunity to meet with CCUR's fermentation and downstream processing specialists William Colonna, assistant scientist, and Hui Wang, pilot plant manager. A demonstration using a 5-liter bench-top fermenter gave attendees a close-up look at how the computer-controlled fermenter works.

For more information about CCUR'S fermentation capabilities, visit www.ccur.iastate.edu/fermentationfacility.

Hui Wang, CCUR pilot plant manager, (center) shows the different types of downstream processing equipment located in the Wet Processing Pilot Plant.
Hui Wang, CCUR pilot plant manager, (center) shows the different types of downstream processing equipment located in the Wet Processing Pilot Plant.