The TIMBR institute is focused on fundamental research within a community of 30 investigators and their students from 10 departments.  These researchers work collaboratively within the institute, sponsored by public and private sources, to find solutions to the complex, multi-facted technical challenges faced by industry and society in the quest for renewable fuels and chemicals.


development and augmentation of non-food agricultural feedstocks to supply biomass for conversion to advanced biorenewable fuels and chemicals


accelerate the refinement of consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) technology for cellulosic fuel and chemical production


employing thermochemical engineering to develop biorefining technologies to improve the potential to produce flexible bioproduct output


assessing the economic, environmental and agronomic impact of a global transition to an economy increasingly influenced by biofuels and biochemicals