Texas A&M Dept of Physics, Florida University of New Mexico Stanford Chemical Engineering Iowa State University University of Wisconsin - Madison Northwestern University- University of Cincinnati University of Virginia UMASS - Amherst

PIRE: Molecular Engineering for the Conversion of Biomass Derived Reactants to Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials

Program Objectives

To support research and educational excellence, deepen collaborative research between US institutions and international counterparts, and to prepare US students and faculty to work effectively in the global research community.

Environmental problems created by our dependence on fossil fuels, such as global climate change, are driving the search for renewable sources of energy, chemicals, and materials. While petroleum resources are highly concentrated in a few countries, biomass constitutes a more globally distributed resource. The PIRE research program serves to investigate critical steps in the chemical transformations of biomass-derived reactants into clean burnings fuels and other useful products.

The PIRE: Molecular Engineering for the Conversion of Biomass Derived Reactants to Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials program provides international research internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

The NSF PIRE program based out of the University of New Mexico is a collaborative partnership between educators and researchers at 12 institutions, spanning both the United States and Europe, and is also the international component of the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Biorenewable Chemicals based out of Iowa State University.


PIRE US Partner Institutions:
University of New Mexic
Iowa State University
Universtiy of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Virginia

PIRE EU Partner Institutions:
Technical University of Denmark
Haldor Topsoe A/S, Denmark
The Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interface, Germany
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Utrecht University, Netherlands
Twente University, Netherlands
The University of Turku, Finland

The UNM PIRE Program is funded by NSF grant OISE 0730277.