Past Events

2014 Midwest Biochar Conference - August 8, 2014

The Illinois Biochar Group, in conjunction with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hosted the second Midwest Biochar Conference which took place on August 8, 2014, in Champaign, IL, at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. The conference featured presentations on the latest in biochar research; exhibit space for posters and cookstoves; tours of the ISTC laboratories; and plenty of opportunities for discussion about all aspects of biochar work.

2014 Conference Agenda (PDF)

Presentations

Keynote Speaker:

Janice Thies - Associate Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University; Soil Biological Responses to Biochar Amendments (Thies' abstract)

Morning Session

Jim Doten - Supervisor Environmental Services at the Minneapolis Public Health in Minneapolis, MN; Emerald Ash Borer: Public Health, the Urban Canopy and Biochar (Doten's abstract)

Kurt Spokas - Research Soil Scientist at the USDA-ARS in St. Paul, MN; Biochar Degradation in Soils: The Overlooked Processes (Read Spokas' abstract)

Kathleen Hall - Graduate Student at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN; Effect of Biochar on the Fate and Behavior of Allelochemicals in Soil (Hall's abstract)

Wei Zheng - Senior Research Scientist/Adjunct Faculty at the Illinois Sustaianble Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Improving Carbon Sequestration of Biochar through Biomass Chemical Modification (Zheng's abstract)

Ryan Anderson – Ecological Economist at the Delta Institute in Chicago, IL; Building the Market for Biochar Through Greenhouse Gas and Water Quality Incentive Programs (R. Anderson's abstract)

Steve Peterson - Research Chemist at the USDA - ARS, Peoria, IL; Comparing Properties of Pennycress and Lesquerella Presscake Biochars (Peterson's abstract)

Afternoon Session

Krishna Reddy - Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Evaluation of Biochar as a Potential Filter Media for the Removal of Mixed Contaminants from Urban Stormwater Runoff (Reddy's abstract)

Martha Vaughan - Research Molecular Biologist at the USDA –ARS in Peoria, IL; Effect of Soil Biochar Amendment on Wheat Resistance to Fusarium Head Blight and Mycotoxin Contamination (Vaughan's abstract)

Edward Colosky - Graduate Student at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN; A Survey of Biochars: Interactions with Dissolved Ammonia, Nitrate, and Phosphate (Colosky's abstract)

Eve Pytel - Ecological Economist at Delta Institute in Chicago, IL; Urban Wood as a Source for Biochar (Pytel's abstract)

Paul Anderson - "Dr TLUD" and biochar production at Juntos Energy Solutions NFP in Normal, IL; Increasing Biochar Production with Micro- and Mini- Sized Methods and Devices (P. Anderson's abstract; video is not available for this presentation due to technical difficulties)

John Kelly - Professor at the Loyola University Chicago; Impacts of Biochar Amendments on Soil Microbial Community Activity and Structure (Kelly's abstract)

Kurt Spokas - Research Soil Scientist at the USDA-ARS in St. Paul, MN; Future Direction of Biochar: Uncertain or Certain Future?

Posters

The conference posters are not available online, please contact the authors for more information.

Akindele Azeez – Student at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO; Title: Trace Elements in Soybean Plants Grown on Biochar Amended Soils in Northwest Missouri (Azeez's abstract)

M. R. Bayan - Principal Investigator of Research at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. Coauthors: A. A. Valeyeva and B. R. Grigoryan – Kazan Federal University, Russian Federation.; Title: Adsorption of Methylene Blue by Biochar Produced through Torrefaction and Slow Pyrolysis from Switchgrass (Bayan's abstract 1)

M. R. Bayan - Principal Investigator of Research at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. Coauthors: A. A. Shinkarev and B. R. Grigoryan – Kazan Federal University, Russian Federation; X. Liang – Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO.; Title: The Specific Surface Area and Pore Volume of Biochars Prepared from Various Herbaceous and Ligneous Feedstocks through Torrefaction and Pyrolysis (Bayan's abstract 2)

Elton Bicalho - Visiting Scholar at University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN; Title: Examining Potential Mechanisms for N2O Suppression in Biochar Amended Soils (Bicalho's abstract)

Sriraam Chandrasekaran - Visiting Research and Development Engineer at the Illinois Sustaianble Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Title: Biochar Modifications for Rubber Composite Applications (Chandrasekaran's abstract)

Junhua Jiang - Senior Research Engineer at the Illinois Sustaianble Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Title: Biochar Supercapacitor Based Capacitive Deionization (Jiang's abstract)

Bidhya Kunwar - Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Illinois Sustaianble Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Title: Biochars for the Removal of Cr(VI) and Pb(II) from Aqueous Solutions (Kunwar's abstract)

Tae-Jun Lim - Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN; Title: The Effect of Biochar Additions on Saturated Hydraulic Conductivities of Different Soils (Lim's abstract)

Zhongzhe Liu - Post Doctoral Researcher at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI; Title: Demonstration Scale Production of Nutrient-Enhanced Biochar via Biosolids Pyrolysis (Liu's abstract)

Kurt Nagel - Graduate Assistant at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO; Title: Biochar Characterization (Nagel's abstract)

Rena Weis - Student at University of Minnesota and USDA-ARS in St. Paul, MN; Title: The Impacts of Biochar on Field Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Moisture Over Three Years (Weis's abstract)

Lee Yang - Student at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN; Title: Magnetite: Another Link Between Terra Preta de Indio Soils and Biochar (Yang's abstract)

Erin Yargicoglu - Student at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Title: Biochar-Amended Landfill Cover Soils for Enhanced Methane Oxidation: Coupled Laboratory and Field Investigations (Yargicoglu's abstract)

 

2013 Midwest Biochar Conference - June 14, 2013

The Illinois Biochar Group, in conjunction with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hosted the first Midwest Biochar Conference which took place on June 14, 2013, in Champaign, IL, at the iHotel and Conference Center. The conference featured presentations on the latest in biochar research; exhibit space for posters and cookstoves; tours of the ISTC laboratories; and plenty of opportunities for discussion about all aspects of biochar work.

2013 Conference Agenda (PDF)

Presentations

Due to equipment difficulties there will be no video available for the Keynote Speaker and Morning Session presentations.

Keynote Speaker:

Thomas Klasson - Research Leader, USDA-ARS, New Orleans, LA; Biochar, soil, pyrolysis, carbon, and more (Klasson's abstract)

Morning Session

Steve Peterson - Research Chemist at the USDA-ARS in Peoria, IL; Comparison of TLUD and atmospherically-controlled retort methods for preparing biochar using corn stover and wheat straw feedstocks (Peterson's abstract)

Kurt Spokas - Research Soil Scientist at the USDA-ARS in St. Paul, MN; Biochar: The field experience (Spokas' abstract)

Steve Vaughn - Plant Physiologist at the USDA-ARS in Peoria, IL; Comparison of pelletized biochar derived from two source materials as replacements for peat in potting substrates (Vaughn's abstract)

Afternoon Session A - Soils

M. R. Bayan - Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO; Biochar effects on soybean growth and nodulation (Bayan's abstract)

Nick Christians – Professor, Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University in Ames, IA; Biochar for sand-based root-zone modification (Christians' abstract)

Rajesh Chintala - Research Associate, Department of Plant Science at South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD; Nitrate retention and release by biochars produced from fast pyrolysis (Chintala's abstract)

Eric Nooker - Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Uptake of PAH compounds by specialty crops grown in biochar amended soils (Nooker's abstract)

Bala Yamini Sadasivam - Graduate Student, Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering Laboratory at the Unviersity of Illinois at Chicago; Title: Adsorption kinetics of methane on various types of biochars; (Sadasivam's abstract, video and slides are not available)

Duane Friend - Extension Educator, Environmental Stewardship and Energy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Biochar application in low organic matter soils (Friend's abstract)

M. R. Bayan - Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO; Long term effects of biochar on select soil enzyme activities (Bayan's abstract)

Erin Yargicoglu - Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Enhanced microbial methane oxidation in biochar-amended landfill cover soils (Yargicoglu's abstract)

Afternoon Session B - Mis.

Edward Colosky - Research Assistant, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; A survey of biochars: Interactions with dissolved ammonia, nitrate, and phosphate (Colosky's abstract)

Paul Anderson – Vice President of Chip Energy, Inc. in Goodfield, IL; Affordable biochar production options: Small cookstoves, medium barrels, and some large devices (Anderson's abstract)

Junhua Jiang - Senior Research Engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Progress on biochar supercapacitors (Jiang's abstract)

Hong Jin - Graduate Student, Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD; Carbon materials from DDGS for supercapacitor and improvement of capacitance with H2O2 Surface modification (Jin's abstract)

Thomas Holm - Groundwater Geochemist at the Illinois State Water Survey, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Sorption of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to biochar and potential PAH bioavailability (Holm's abstract)

Tao Xie - Visiting Doctoral Student, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Nutrients recovery from artificial urine through struvite crystallization and biochar adsorption (Xie's abstract)

Chung-Ho Lin - Research Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri in Columbia MO; Utilizing biochar for the development of carbon-based biocatalyst (Lin's abstract)

Joseph Polin - Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD; Upgrading biochar into activated carbon materials through physical activation (Polin's abstract)

 

ISTC Biochar Symposium - Sept. 1, 2010

ISTC hosted a Biochar Symposium on September 1, 2010, which was attended by a mix of approximately 60 scientists, engineers, businessmen, and agricultural specialists from throughout the Midwest. The presentations from that symposium can be viewed at www.istc.illinois.edu/research/biocharsymposium2010.cfm.

 

ISTC Biochar Meetings - 2011 to present

Summaries from past Illinois Biochar Group meetings can be viewed in the IBG Meetings Archive.

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