Engineering sustainable food with plant-based proteins

December 20, 2021

By the end of 2020, countrywide retail sales of plant-based foods had increased by 27 percent. BBE major Maddi Johnson took notice and began assisting with research in the optimization of pennycress and alfalfa protein extraction.

Drying up inefficiencies in manufacturing processes

December 16, 2021

Professor Shri Ramaswamy and his team of researchers aim to make paper manufacturing more efficient – and that’s just the beginning. By substituting fossil-based energy with renewable energy, they aim to decrease the carbon footprint of manufacturing processes.

Making things stick with sustainable science

December 13, 2021

Professor Steve Severtson leads research in the area of industrial adhesives partially or entirely made of materials derived from renewable organic material. These bio-based adhesives are on their way to become a part of the growing billion dollar industry.

BBE professor reflects on attending the COP26 UN Climate Summit

November 15, 2021

Dr. Roger Ruan was selected to observe the COP26 UN Climate Summit held in Glasgow, Scotland this November. He shares his thoughts on the conference and how there was a missed opportunity to showcase essential technologies that could address climate change. 

The impact of BBE scholarships on students

November 8, 2021

Seven students from each major track talk about the impact of BBE scholarships on their education, and how the program has shaped their experiences.

Fostering Forests

November 1, 2021

Sustainable Systems Management undergraduate student Kelly Martichuski applies learnings to her work at Forest Carbon Works.

BBE students share their internship experiences

October 18, 2021

Learn about internship opportunities BBE undergraduates pursued over the summer.

BBE researchers part of $65mil funding from DOE to decarbonize aviation fuel

October 13, 2021

BBE professor Shri Ramaswamy and his team of researchers will receive $3.5mil from the Department of Energy to research cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels.

BBE decarbonization project receives $3mil grant from Department of Energy

September 27, 2021

BBE faculty member Dr. Shri Ramaswamy and his team received a Department of Energy grant totaling $3.05 mil to develop new methods to decarbonize the water removal process in pulp and paper manufacturing.

Project using fungus to remediate "forever chemicals" receives MnDrive Environment seed grant

September 13, 2021

BBE professor Jiwei Zhang and his team will receive a post-doctoral seed grant for their project on the development of a fungal platform to concurrently develop a bioremediation application for PFAS (forever chemicals).