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IBRL: Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About IBRL

The mission of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) is to advance research and education focused on renewable food, fuel and fiber-based processing platforms and to stimulate bio-economic development in the State of Illinois through translational scale-up of developed technologies leading to commercialization. 




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Check out this YouTube video on IBRL's IDOT project.

Learn more about the IBRL building


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Panoramic Street View

Walls going up

Entrance View


Plans for the building...

Bioprocessing product research and development facility that bridges the gap from basic discovery to commercialization of bioproducts

Moving from basic research discoveries to commercial products requires a unique facility where various plant and plant co-products (biomass) can be tested for their suitability for bioprocessing to value-added products. An important dimension of this work is to scale up processes from the lab bench using an integrated small-scale pilot plant facility. The integrated bioprocessing research laboratory (IBRL) fills this gap in the channel from innovative research to market application and commercial products.


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In the News

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Integrated systems mteabolic picture of acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development.

Forgotten Resource Studied for Sustainable Energy Crops

Article on IDOT's project

Sustainable Innovation in Illinois

As part of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center 2014 Annual Report, learn more about the IDOT project.

Observed Effects of Warm Season Perennial Grass Agriculture on Resident Mammal Species

Article by IBRL PSM student, David Leimbach

Webinar - Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory: From Benchtop to Proof of Concept

Hans Blaschek and Vijay Singh will present

Thursday April 2, 2015

11:30am-12:30pm CST

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Energy and Climate Change

15 National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment
January 27-29, 2015
Washington, DC

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Celebration of Construction

University, state, and industry officials came together on Oct. 22 to celebrate the announcement of a unique facility coming to the University of Illinois campus. The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory, or IBRL, will be a flexible, plug-and-play, pilot scale facility and analytical laboratory that will bring faculty, students, and industry together to develop efficient and economical strategies for the production of renewable bio-based products. The facility will be housed on the campus of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).


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