CHC Alumna Brewer to Discuss Biomass Conversion to Fuel

Catherine (Gumm) Brewer, who earned a B.S. in Chemistry degree in 2007, will vist the Department of Chemistry on Friday, November 19, 2010, to meet with faculty and students before presenting “Thermochemical Processing of Biomass for Biochar, Liquid Transportation Fuels, and Chemicals.”

Brewer is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources and Technology with a minor in Soil Science at Iowa State University during her tenure as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow. She does her research on engineering biochar at ISU’s Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET) in collaboration with several research groups from the Agronomy, Chemistry, and Horticulture departments. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the characterization of chars from the thermochemical processing of biomass to relate chars’ production conditions to their suitability for soil amendment and carbon sequestration applications.

Brewer’s seminar is open to the public and will be held in Weyandt Hall, Room 240, from 3:35-4:25 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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