Center for Bioprocessing Research and Development
The Center for Bioprocessing Research & Development (CBRD) was established in 2006 through the Governor’s 2010 Inititiative for Economic Development to bring together the bioprocessing research and development resources of more than 115 researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T) and South Dakota State University (SDSU).
With expertise that covers the entire bioprocessing chain -- from biomass production to end product recovery -- CBRD is the leading institution for bioenergy R&D in South Dakota. Research activities are jointly conducted and co-located on both campuses. The center is actively involved in and supports PhD and MS graduate programs at both universities.
Because of the unique geographical location of the center, local industry by-products, such as agriwaste and logging waste, will play a significant part in providing the feedstock for bio-derived chemicals and fuel research. This research has the potential for a far-reaching impact on the economy of the Black Hills, agribusiness and the State as a whole.
Engineering and science collaborators from the School of Mines, SDSU and the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who are leading this effort, represent the fields of agricultural engineering, biochemical engineering, biochemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and microbiology. Research is focusing on biomass pretreatment, microbial conversion, separations, process simulation and economic analysis, and microbial extermophiles from the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory.
To lead the nation in research and development of bioprocessing technologies for production of biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials from biomass.
To provide entrepreneurs and industry with expertise in transformative bioprocessing technologies, technology transfer, research facilities, education and training.