IAPC Director Mark Wilkins and IAPC Assistant Director Loren Isom are part of a multi-state effort to explore using bioplastics in agriculture. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track 2. To read more about the project , please click the link below.
Gov. Ricketts, Ethanol Board Showcase UNL Research Demonstrating the Safety and Efficiency of E30 Biofuel
A team at the UNL Engineering Department—led by Dr. Rajib Saha, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and IAPC affiliate faculty member—completed a summary of the E30 demonstration and reported the safety of using the fuel in non-FFVs. The team reached its conclusion after a yearlong demonstration, permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), compared various data points among a fleet of state-owned, non-FFVs. The full results of the demonstration are published in the journal Fuel.
Lincoln, Neb. — Mark Wilkins, professor of biological systems engineering and food science and technology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has been named Nebraska Corn Checkoff Presidential Chair.
The Nebraska Corn Board made a $2 million commitment to the University of Nebraska Foundation in 2014 to establish the permanently endowed chair. The endowment provides annual support to the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources for research and development related to corn demand.
Nebraska researcher Yiqi Yang is using the byproducts of sorghum as a colorant for textiles. The Charles Bessey Professor of biological systems engineering and of texiles, merchandising and fashion design is using wool to start his research, but hopes that in the future sorghum can be used on other textiles and throughout many industries.
Several IAPC Affiliates selected for funding by the Energy Center in its sixteenth annual grant competition. To learn more go to 2022/2023 Energy Research Grants (Cycle 16)
2022/23 grants – Cycle 16
Diamond-Coated Metallic Structures for Molten-Salt Thermal-Energy Storage Systems
Principal Investigator: Bai Cui, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, IAPC Affiliate
Co-PI: Yongfeng Lu, Electrical & Computer Engineering
On June 7, the Nebraska Corn Board awarded two Industrial Agricultural Products Center (IAPC) researchers grants for research projects seeking to develop new uses for corn. Dr. Mark Wilkins, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering and Food Science and Technology and the Director of the IAPC will lead the project “Development of a succinic acid production process using corn fiber.” Wilkins will collaborate with Dr.
Former IAPC Director and Professor Emeritus, Dr. Milford Hanna, and UNL alumnus Pratik Bahndari (PhD 2012) were recently awarded a patent entitled “Method for the production of substituted polysaccharides via reactive extrusion.” For more information on the technology and potential licensing opportunities, please contact Dr. Mauricio Suarez at NUTech Ventures (firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-940-9330) and/or click here.