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Release: April 11, 2002

Biomass Is Subject Of April 17 Lecture

Robert C. Brown, Bergles Professor of Thermal Sciences in the Iowa State University department of mechanical engineering, will present the Iowa Distinguished Faculty Lecture in Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Seminar from 3:30-4:20 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in Stanley Auditorium, Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

His free, public lecture is titled, “Energy, Fuels, Chemicals & Fibers from Biorenewable Resources.”

Brown, who is also professor of chemical engineering, directs the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, which has constructed a gasifier to convert peanut hulls into cooking gas and has been distributed to more than 100 homes in rural China.

He is nationally known for his work in bioresources and fluidized bed combustion, a field that offers an economical approach to dealing with the problems of fuel shortages and global warming. His eight patents include one that received international attention for its potential to expand the use of biomass resources.

In 2002, he received the Iowa State University College of Engineering's Research Faculty Award and was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

His visit is co-sponsored by the department of mechanical and industrial engineering and the department of chemical and biochemical engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, Writer, at 319-384-0009,