In 2009, Archer Daniels Midland Company launched a three-year research program at CEBC to make industrial chemicals and fuels from agricultural-based renewable resources instead of petroleum.
Today, a portfolio of proprietary projects is well underway.
“We are very excited about the progress being made at CEBC,” said the ADM project manager, Dr. Padmesh Venkitasubramaniam. “Two projects are being fast-tracked for further development.”
CEBC has hired nine research associates and two graduate students to work on the research projects. In addition, Dr. Gus Dassori, a process modeling engineer from ADM, has been involved with these projects to speed commercialization.
“The progress has been outstanding, benefitting from active collaboration between the CEBC researchers and the ADM representatives,” said Darryl Fahey, CEBC Industrial Liaison. "This is a unique learning opportunity for our postdocs, and an ideal model for other collaborations."
With matching funds from the Kansas Bioscience Authority, the total investment for this partnership is $2.4 million.