About the Author
Professor Robert C Brown, is based at Iowa State University. He is the founding director of the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) at ISU, a university-wide initiative that coordinates research, educational, and outreach activities related to biobased products and bioenergy.?Dr. Brown also helped establish ISU's Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) graduate program, the first such degree-granting program in the United States. His publications include Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture, a textbook for students interested in the Bioeconomy, as well as several book chapters on related topics.?Dr. Brown's other administrative duties include directing the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, a $3 million per year research enterprise focusing on thermochemical processing of biomass and fossil fuels. The center has pioneered a variety of innovative technologies including syngas fermentation, bio-oil fermentation, use of? biochars as soil amendment and carbon sequestration agent, and thermally ballasted gasification. He has published over 100 refereed papers and has received over $30 million in cumulative research funding. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, a Distinguished Iowa Scientist of the Iowa Academy of Science, and the recipient of the David R. Boylan Eminent Faculty Award for Research at ISU in 2002.?He received an R&D 100 Award from Research and Development Magazine in 1997.