In the News

New research at Illinois could make ethanol production more efficient and economic

New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating costs and simplifying the dry grind process.

Full text of the research can be found at Biotechnology for Biofuels.

Another state-of-the-art tool added to UI belt

WCIA3 press conference with Chapin Rose

Sen. Rose: Major state investment in bioprocessing to boost local businesses to compete for up to 20,000 jobs in new market

Senator Rose Press Conference on IBRL construction resuming.

IBRL’s IDOT project

Learn more about the work that IBRL has done with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Integrated systems mteabolic picture of acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development.

Forgotten Resource Studied for Sustainable Energy Crops

Article on IDOT’s project

Sustainable Technology 2014

As part of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center 2014 Annual Report, learn more about the IDOT project.

Observed Effects of Warm Season Perennial Grass Agriculture on Resident Mammal Species

Article by IBRL student, David Leimbach – April 2015

This study focused on the observed impact of switching from a corn / soybean agricultural rotation to the planting of warm season perennial grasses for use in biomass agriculture, as well as the subsequent effects on resident mammal populations. We trapped two parcels of land planted in warm season perennial grasses between September 2011 and October 2013 in order to obtain a census of the mammal populations residing upon the property and to determine the impact (if any) of the change in agriculture. During the first year of the study, a seemingly inhospitable (urban) agricultural area revealed a diverse population of inhabitants. The second year of trapping resulted in the capture of 2 new species (total of 7 species captured) and the noticeable absence of 1 species; a distinct shift in mammal populations had been observed. There was an inverse relationship between the population increase of Peromyscus maniculatus during 2012 and the decline in the population of Peromyscus leucopus. When a Chi-square test was run (P<0.05), the hypothesis of competitive exclusion appeared to be supported. In the third year, population numbers of Peromyscus maniculatus had also plummeted. We observed that warm season perennial grass monoculture had an adverse impact on resident mammal species.

Integrated Bioprocessing Webinar

11:30am-12:30pm (CST) – April 2, 2015 (IBRL Webinar Flyer)

This webinar provided an overview of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL). LINK TO WEBINAR

The IBRL has been designed as a flexible, state-of-the-art plug-and-play pilot scale facility. The focus of the IBRL is to advance research and education focused on renewable fuel, food and fiber-based processing platforms and to stimulate bio-economic development in the State of Illinois through translational scale-up of developed technologies leading to commercialization. IBRL is a hybrid facility involving innovative, multi-disciplinary teams (faculty and industry partners) focused at the nexus of plant and microbial genetics and bioprocessing. Moving from basic research discoveries to commercial products requires a unique facility where various plant and plant co-products can be tested for their suitability for bioprocessing to value-added products. The IBRL was designed to fill this gap in the channel from innovative research to market application and commercial products.  In addition to various energy grasses and food-related co-products, examples of sustainable bioenergy crops that have been recently developed include Tropical maize, a high-biomass, high-sugar corn hybrid that accumulates sucrose in the stalk and produces negligible grain and Lipid cane, a sugarcane engineered to produce non-food oil, as a drop-in fuel.  These feedstocks will be tested in IBRL to assess their techno-economic feasibility for sustainable production of bioproducts.

Presented by Hans Blaschek and Vijay Singh

Construction to begin on bioprocessing laboratory

Daily Illini November 6, 2014

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory planned in Illinois

BioMass Magazine November 6, 2014

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory will be unique facility on UI campus

College News October 23, 2014