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CABER: Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER) works closely with the nine University of Illinois colleges, multiple disciplinary and professional units and faculty and students to provide a facilitative structure for campus outreach, teaching and research in areas related to bioenergy systems. CABER facilitates the development of cross-disciplinary research and development, education and outreach programs that promote the greater and more efficient use of bio-renewable resources, and, more specifically, support the emergence of advanced bio-fuels and chemicals. CABER focuses on sustainable bioenergy systems, including plant, microbial, downstream processing and economics and policy issues as they relate to bio-based products.

CABER provides a platform for promoting national and international visibility of all University of Illinois faculty involved with bioenergy research, teaching and outreach. As such, CABER enhances opportunities for external funding and promotes scholarship.

CABER is partnered with a variety of scientists from a host of different disciplines, including faculty in the University of Illinois Colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, the Institute of Genomic Biology, and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

About the Center

The Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER) was first recognized as a Center by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in December 2006. Professor Hans Blaschek heads the CABER. Other staff include: Vijay Singh, associate director for engineering; Brian Jacobson, pilot plant systems analyst; Natalie Bosecker, coordinator of communications and external relations; and Eric Anderson, teaching associate.


CABER serves as an umbrella center for the integration of bioenergy research and development by various University of Illinois colleges and the Institute of Genomic Biology (IGB).