About the Center for Biorefining

The mission of Center for Biorefining is to coordinate the University efforts and resources to conduct exploratory fundamental and applied research; provide education on bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials; stimulate collaboration among the University researchers, other public sector investigators, and private investigators involved in biobased production technology development; promote technology transfer to industries; and foster economic development in rural areas.


Researchers at the Center for Biorefining received $1 million grant from Xcel Energy RDF program. The three years project, led by Drs. Roger Ruan and Paul Chen, is aimed to develop and demonstrate innovative technology to convert Minnesota biomass to renewable electricity. The core of the proposed technology is fast microwave assisted gasification (fMAG). The key deliverable of the project is the construction and demonstration of a biomass to electricity equipment upon completion of the project.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 2:45pm

Powdered foods such as milk powder, egg powder, spices, etc., are widely used as ingredients in manufacturing processed foods or consumed directly by humans and animals for their energy and nutrient contents. Inappropriate and insufficient decontamination have led to numerous outbreaks of foodborne diseases in recent years. Different physical and chemical processes have been used to decontaminate powdered foods. However, these processes have various defects, making their application ineffective and sometime impractical. A UMN team led by Dr.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 12:15pm

The Center recently received funding for several projects aimed to boost research and development efforts to utilize wastes and residues for production of bioenergy and healthy food products:

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:00pm

On July 29, 2014, LCCMR members and staff visited our research facilities at UMore Park, Rosemount, MN. Center director Prof. Ruan briefed the group on the progress and accomplishments of the past the current LCCMR funded projects. The group later toured the facilities including an outdoor algae production facility and a mobile microwave assisted pyrolysis system, and interacted with Prof. Ruan’s team members.Several industrial partners from Minnesga and enVerde were present.

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 11:45am

“American consumers are tough customers. Not only do we want our food healthy and safe but we want it to be minimally processed as well as long-lasting. It can be difficult to achieve the twin goals of food stability and freshness but faculty members in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering are engaged in several projects to make food safer and more nutritious.”  Read article (.pdf)

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:00pm


Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 11:45am

Center for Biorefining is hosting the Renewable Energy Session of the “2012 Sino-US Symposium on Eco-agriculture and Biomass Energy Industry”. The participants are mainly from faculty members of 12 Chinese universities. They will spend several days in California where they will attend the Eco-agriculture session and visit several CA universities. The delegation will spend three days in the Twin Cities.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 11:45am

biocoilThe Center for Biorefining received $2 million funding from LCCMR, MN DOC, MCES, and IREE to support research on developing transferable technologies for mass culture of microalgae utilizing nutrients from wastewater and carbon source from flue gas for biofuel production.

Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 11:45am

biorefining plaque