CABBI Facilities

Besides dozens of scientists, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is providing support for CABBI research with the following facilities:

The Illinois Energy Farm

Researchers will use this unique, 320-acre farm to grow Miscanthus, sorghum, and energycane on fields that have the latest instrumentation for quantifying bioenergy crops’ effect on biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and water. The Farm has a 12,000-square-foot building with wet laboratories, sample-processing areas, and a teaching facility, as well as large-scale production greenhouses and isolated plant breeding areas. Read more about the Energy Farm >>>

The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

IGB, which will oversee and integrate CABBI’s core science team in its massive lab space, features $7 million in state-of-the-art equipment for high-throughput analytical chemistry; structural biology; genomics; proteomics and metabolomics; fermentation; and characterization of microbial cells, microbial communities, and plants. It also has a $2 million biofoundry, the iBioFAB, which was established for rapid strain development. Read more about IGB >>>

The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab

The new $32 million IBRL will allow researchers to focus on commercialization and de-risking of processes using chemical, physical, and biological conversion of feedstocks into fuels and other bioproducts. IBRL’s 42,000-square-foot pilot plant will house a continuous pretreatment reactor that can deconstruct a wide array of feedstocks with a number of different pretreatments. Read more about the new lab >>>