NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Iowa State University Research Park, Ames, IA

Norman Borlaug

As one of the National Science Foundation’s twenty Engineering Research Centers in the country and the only to focus on pioneering biorenewable chemicals, the Ames, Iowa, lab is a valuable resource in the Cultivation Corridor. The Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) endeavors to reduce reliance on traditional fossil-based carbon sources by producing viable bio-based alternatives through the discovery of a sustainable and reliable method by which glucose, through an accelerated catalytic conversion process, may be transformed into a range of desired chemical end-products with far-reaching applications in consumer and industrial markets. Through relationships with the state of Iowa, a handful of industrial partnerships and its host organization Iowa State University, the center has the field’s brightest minds at its disposal as it incorporates the Cultivation Corridor’s knowledgeable workforce and broad technology base into its vision for a sustainable, bio-based future.

www.cbirc.iastate.edu

The CBiRC is driving innovation in the private sector — five startup companies have branched off from the center in the past five years.

Norman Borlaug

One of 20 National Science Foundation Research Centers

Norman Borlaug

Researching bio-based chemicals for a sustainable future

Norman Borlaug

Global implications in industrial and consumer markets