August 30, 2018
  • Introduction to Fermentation Workshop held at CCUR
  • Food scientists receive patent for technology using soybean oil
  • Maier elected Fellow of the ASABE
  • Hurburgh wins award for contributions to grain processing
August 30, 2018

Safi-Tech was selected to present their business plan concept to a panel of judges during the 13th Annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition being held August 30, 2018. Sep-All was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Gross-Wen Technologies was featured in a recent article in Silicon Prairie News and Safi-Tech's research was featured in a Clay & Milk article.

July 31, 2018

From Clay & Milk. Safi-Tech has developed supercooled liquid metal particles that allow manufacturers to solder on flexible substrates without the use of heat. The liquid particles are about one-fiftieth the size of a human hair and are filled with liquid metal. When popped, the particles release the encapsulated liquid metal which quickly solidifies, creating a solder joint. This unique process allows soldering to take place at room temperature. SAFI-Tech is an industry incubator client at CCUR.

July 30, 2018

From The Gazette. Partnerships are paramount in Iowa’s pursuit of growth and prosperity, according to Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen, which is why her school is forging more of them. Within a week, ISU will start advertising to again fill the role of liaison with the city of Cedar Rapids, aimed at connecting the community with the research power in Ames.

June 30, 2018

Joseph P. Polin, graduate student in mechanical engineering, (center) received first place in the Gary Lamie Student Poster Competition. Also pictured are Chris Novak, NCGA chief executive officer, (left) and Dennis Maple, chair of the NCGA Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team. Photo by ZimmComm New Media, LLC.Center for Crops Utilization Research staff and affiliated students attended the 2018 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) held June 4-6 in St. Louis, Mo. CUTC is hosted by the National Corn Growers Association and is a showcase for the latest in research into new uses for corn. Three Iowa State University students received funding to attend the conference from CCUR through a grant from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

June 30, 2018
  • There's still time to register for the Introduction to Fermentation Workshop
  • Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc. receives $2 million investment from Doerfer Corporation
  • CCUR welcomes new administrative specialist
June 30, 2018

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig speaking at the anniversary of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.Iowa leaders celebrate fifth anniversary of Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy at the BioCentury Research Farm, an ISU research team will use the pilot-scale pyrolysis reactor located at the BCRF to breakdown lignin that will be used to make the carbon fiber, and a former BCRF student employee accepted to CYstarters.

June 30, 2018

John StrohlJohn Strohl retired in June after 30 years as the Iowa State University Fermentation Facility manager. He recently reflected on his "accidental" career at Iowa State.

June 11, 2018

Stephanie ClarkThe first phase of Professor Stephanie Clark's plan to open a creamery at Iowa State will come to fruition this fall with the opening of a micro-creamery in the Center for Crops Utilization Research pilot plant. 

April 30, 2018

Viewing postersThe Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) hosted a poster competition April 3 for Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate students engaged in food, feed and biorenewables research. 

April 30, 2018

Students in TSM 457X/557X worked in the Dry Processing Pilot Plant to learn about at mixer carryover.Students enrolled in the new experimental course TSM 457X/557X Feed Safety, Ingredient Quality and Analytics worked in the Center for Crops Utilization Research Dry Processing Pilot Plant for a laboratory section of the class. They used a lab-scale ribbon mixer to examine mixer carryover. 

April 30, 2018

A pilot-scale distillation was completed utilizing the BCRF's distillation column to obtain whole stillage.The BioCentury Research Farm carried out new fermentation and distillation projects in the Biochemical Processing Train, Gross-Wen Technologies has joined the BCRF's industry incubator program, and researchers are working on an assortment of projects at the BCRF.

April 30, 2018
  • Funding available for students to present research at 2018 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference 
  • CCUR and BCRF affiliates receive CALS awards 
  • Gross-Wen Technologies featured at America's SBDCs Showcase in the Nation's Capital
  • Thuo named ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry Researcher of the Month
  • Retired Iowa State extension agricultural engineer earns Iowa Master Farmer Exceptional Service Award
  • CCUR Visitors
March 28, 2018

Cedar Rapids Food and Bioprocessors Manufacturing ReportIowa State University, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, has released a report identifying new, emerging technologies that could be a starting point for increased economic activity, jobs and start-up companies in the city’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries.

March 02, 2018

From Our CR (Cedar Rapids seasonal magazine). In the latest edition of Our CR, the City of Cedar Rapids gives an overview of the Iowa State University-Cedar Rapids Partnership. This partnership aims to increase cooperation and information exchange between faculty research and the City's agribusiness, food manufacturing and bioprocessing industries.

March 01, 2018

Hui WangHui Wang will receive the Professional and Scientific Research Award. Wang, a pilot plant manager in the Center for Crops Utilization Research, is an integral part of the center's success as a researcher, service provider and trainer for faculty and industry clients.

February 15, 2018

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board has provided funding for up to 10 students to present their research at the 2018 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) June 4-6 in St. Louis. If you have a student interested in presenting a poster at CUTC, please contact Karla Long, CCUR program coordinator, at or 515-294-0160.

February 14, 2018

Iowa State's Martin Thuo, CCUR affiliate, and Michael Bartlett led development of a rubbery material that transforms itself into a hard composite when bent, twisted or squeezed. The new material could be used in medicine to support delicate tissues or in industry to protect valuable sensors.

January 01, 2018

CCUR says goodbye to two staff members: Peggy Best, administrative specialist, is retiring Feb. 28, and Darren Jarboe, program manager, has accepted a position at the University of Maryland. Last fall, CCUR welcomed Karla Long as the new program coordinator.

January 01, 2018

The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) recently completed a two-day review Jan. 11-12. The review is required every seven years by the Iowa Board of Regents to help ensure that each university center or institute is still relevant and consistent with the university's mission and strategic plan. A presentation on the review team's findings and recommendations along with a group discussion on next steps will be held Feb. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1951 Food Sciences Building. All are welcome to attend.

January 01, 2018

Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) LogoThe Iowa Corn Promotion Board has provided funding for up to 10 students to present their research at the 2018 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) June 4-6 in St. Louis. The CUTC brings together industry innovators from across the corn supply chain for idea exchange and discussion. Students have the opportunity to receive cash awards in the research poster competition, which has been won by an Iowa State University student the past two CUTCs.

January 01, 2018

People inspecting equipment at Pilot PlantWurgaft Consulting and Development worked with CCUR to run a large aqueous vegetable protein extraction project. A food science and human nutrition graduate student completed a jet cooking project designed to simulate jet cooking with backset operations in commercial corn ethanol plants. Last fall, CCUR assisted a student team with their senior capstone project.

January 01, 2018

People gathered around forklift for safety training.The BioCentury Research Farm hosted an Iowa State University safety training day for 16 new student employees and staff as well as current BCRF users. Also, the Bioeconomy Institute published information on their latest breakthrough in thermal deconstruction of biomass into biofuels and biochemicals called autothermal pyrolysis.

January 01, 2018
  • Bill Colonna CCUR fermentation and bioprocessing tourCIRAS and CCUR Host Tour of Fermentation and Bioprocessing Labs
  • CCUR Researchers Publish Study on HVACP Treatment of Yeast for Spoilage Prevention
  • CCUR and BCRF Exhibit at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit
  • Change Agent: Keith Vorst
November 27, 2017

From Biofuels Journal

The Fermentation Facility at Iowa State University provides access to fermentation equipment and laboratory staff for the research and development of technologies and products for biofuels, renewable chemicals, and other industrial purposes.


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