9/26/14: The C2B2 Fall Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place November 6, 2014, at the University of Colorado Boulder. All attendees MUST register for the meeting before October 25, 2014. Registration is available through our new online registration portal, which allows for credit card payments for meeting registration. Please contact the Center Administrator, Kathryn Michel, for more information and to obtain your applicable discount code.
Lodging information is availalable HERE!
9/26/14: The Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuel (C2B2)/National Science Foundation REU Site Program is a 10-week summer program that involves collaborative research in biofuels and biorefining engineering including feedstock engineering, biological and thermochemical conversions, and process and product engineering. The center is a collaboration of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. In addition to an independent research project, undergraduate program participants engage in weekly group seminars, unique site visits to each of the four partner institutions and social activities targeted to unite program participants in a cohesive cross-disciplinary research team.
Feedback is gathered from students throughout the REU program through surveys and interviews to keep track of student satisfaction and improve the program as needed. Student feedback from 2014 found a high level of research project engagement with 100% of post-survey participants finding their research project interesting, challenging, and in-line with expectations. One student commented on the exit interview, “I enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone. I come from a chemical engineering background and worked in a biochemistry and molecular biology lab so it was very cool to be able to learn a different science that I am less familiar with.” REU students also felt like an integrated cohort across the four placement sites. All planned social activities were found valuable by at least 80% of students with the Clear Creek Rafting Trip reported as the most valuable integrative activity again this year.
Students also felt well trained and supported in the development of skill at research methods with 94% of students agreeing they gained significantly in this area. One student commented on the weekly research methods seminars, “The seminars were a great way to understand research from professionals.” Another REU participant commented on support from mentors, “My mentor was very helpful. In the beginning he taught me the basic laboratory protocols either by himself or by pairing me with undergrads working in the lab. As I became more confident with the laboratory procedures- he left me to do things on my own which was nice and makes me feel like I can truly take ownership of my work.” Overall, the 2014 cohort reported positive experiences with REU project engagement, research training, and social support.
State Energy Collaboratory Expands Research Focus, New Name
1/22/13 " 'The fact that our Colorado collaboratory is taking on carbon-management systems and energy-systems integration in addition to its focus on renewable energy technology is a good sign for the citizens of Colorado and the nation,' said CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor for Research Stein Sture." View the complete story
C2B2's Ken Reardon Featured in Story on Algae & The Fiscal Cliff
1/4/13 "Wind isn't the only alternative energy industry to get a boost from the Fiscal Cliff deal. Also included is a tax credit for algae growers encouraging biofuel production that could one day power cars and boats." View the complete story
C2B2's Ryan Gill Receives $9.2 Million DOE Grant
12/4/12 "A team led by (Ryan Gill of) the University of Colorado Boulder has been awarded $9.2 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy to research modifying E. coli to produce biofuels such as gasoline." View the complete story
ConocoPhillips contributes to new biotech building at the University of Colorado in Boulder
"The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building creates a Front Range anchor for the biosciences with the help of partners like ConocoPhillips," said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "With interdisciplinary research, the possibilities for energy innovation are limitless, and ConocoPhillips is providing the foundation for this vital work." View the complete story
C2B2 Industry Sponsors and Managing Director Receive Awards Congratulations to Ryan Gill and Sundrop Fuels! Professor and C2B2 Managing Director, Ryan T. Gill awarded Boulder Campus Inventor of the Year by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. Sundrop Fuels, a C2B2 Sponsor was awarded Physical Sciences/Engineering/IT Company of the Year! View the Official Press Release
Congratulations to Genencor, OPX Biotechnologies and Rentech! Three C2B2 sponsors receive awards from Biofuels Digest.
Genecor was awarded Product of the Year (bio-based products), OPX Biotechnologies was awarded Product of the Year (renewable chemicals) and Renctch was awarded Technology of the Year. View the Official Press Release
C2B2 Welcomes New Site Director C2B2 Welcomes Interim NREL Site Director, Dr. Mike Cleary
Dr. Cleary is the Director of the National Bioenergy Center (NBC) at the National Renewable Energy Center in Golden, Colorado. Mike will be aiding C2B2 in the coordination of center research and education activities at the NREL site. "We are very excited to have Mike join the C2B2 Executive Board of Directors. He is already familiar with the many of C2B2's activities," says C2B2 executive director Alan Weimer. "Mike will be fulfilling a vital role at C2B2 and we expect him to be a valuable resource at NREL for C2B2 sponsors, principal investigators and researchers moving forward." View the Official Press Release
NSF REU Award C2B2 Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Student Research
Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels has been awarded $336,534 over a three-year period from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for undergraduates to conduct research related to the conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals. The grant will allow students to pursue research investigations in each of the six C2B2 thrust areas. The C2B2 REU program is a 10-week summer program of research, educational seminars, and cultural programming. Students will perform research in laboratories at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), Colorado State University (CSU), Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). All features of the the C2B2 REU program were piloted during the 2008 and 2009 summer programs which served a combined 28 undergraduate researchers. One-time funding from the State of Colorado was secured for the trial versions of this program. "The success of our state-funded trial C2B2 REU programs enabled us to demonstrate the need for the National Science Foundation to invest in additional renewable energy research and education in Colorado" says Ryan Gill, managing director of C2B2. The number of undergraduate student applicants has quadrupled in the last three years of the C2B2-REU program showing a growing interest in renewable biofuel and biorefining technologies. Click Here for more detailed information regarding the NSF award received by C2B2. The University of Colorado also posted a story featuring the C2B2/NSF REU program, click here. View the Official Press Release.