About CBRD

CBRD was created in 2006 through the Governor's 2010 Initiative for Economic Development.  The goal of the center is to develop new bioprocessing technologies for sustainable production of bioenergy, biochemicals and bio-materials from biomass to reduce the national dependence on foreign oil.


  • Identify, develop and market novel biobased technologies for production of bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials
  • Establish a network of university researchers, federal scientists and industrial partners to stimulate collaboration and consolidate bioprocessing research at CBRD
  • Promote technology transfer to industry to enhance rural economic development, energy security and environmental sustainability
  • Create research and education opportunities to train the next generation scientists and engineers for the transition to a sustainable biobased economy

Advisory Board

An advisory board oversees the research and output of the center.  Members include representatives of national laboratories, government agencies and bioenergy-related industries, including:


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Federal Laboratories: 



Government and Entrepreneurs: 

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Research Areas

  • Advanced biofuels
  • Bioactive natural products
  • Biochemical conversion
  • Biorefineries
  • Consolidated bioprocessing
  • Co-product development
  • Enzymatic hydrolysis
  • Extremophiles
  • Feedstock development and logistics
  • Feedstock pretreatment
  • Hydrogen
  • Lignin bioprocessing
  • Photoautotrophic conversion
  • Product recovery
  • Thermochemical conversion
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Partner Institutions

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South Dakota School
of Mines and Technology
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South Dakota State University
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