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Welcome to IBRL

The IBRL is a bioprocessing product research and development facility that bridges the gap from basic discovery to commercialization of bioproducts. The facility serves as an invaluable asset to bioenergy and bioprocessing companies by partnering them with the human and equipment capabilities of the university. Faculty and researchers affiliated with the IBRL have the expertise needed to improve efficiencies, reduce water usage, and increase biofuel production in the corn ethanol industry. IBRL provides a lab and pilot plant for innovative research to market application and commercial products for industry partners. Researchers are also developing and improving technologies for next-generation biofuels and value-added products derived from biomass.


The integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) in the College of Aces offers a Master of Science degree in Bioprocessing and Bioenergy with a concentration in PSM (non-thesis). In addition to receiving training in the general field of bioenergy, students gain relevant professional experience in business and related topics through coursework and an internship.