Category Archives: Biochar

Biochar 2016

The United States Biochar Initiative (USBI) will be hosting the Biochar 2016 conference at CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis, OR on August 22-25, 2016. The special topic for this conference is “The Synergy … Continue reading

Researcher Spotlight: Junhua Jiang

Dr. Junhua Jiang is a Senior Research Engineer in ISTC’s Applied Research on Industrial Environmental Systems Program. Jiang conducts cutting-edge research and develops interdisciplinary research programs in a range of areas, including electrochemical energy storage, nanostructured materials, electrochemical sensors, waste … Continue reading

Biochar could help stabilize landfill covers

Dr. Krishna Reddy and his team from the University of Illinois at Chicago has done extensive research on biochar in landfill covers to help reduce methane emissions. Now the question is: when biochar is added to soil, are the geotechnical … Continue reading

Slash-and-char remediation

Biochar (via slash-and-char) could be an effective remediation strategy in agricultural soils contaminated with cadmium, lead, and zinc, according to a recent publication in Environmental Pollution by Niu et al. (2015). Slash-and-char is an ancient agricultural alternative to slash-and-burn, in … Continue reading

New book cautions against the use of invasive biomass crops

Across the globe, efforts are being made to find sustainable, renewable, and economically-viable sources of energy. Here in the U.S., Congress passed a mandate in 2007 (the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS) that requires refiners to blend an increasing quantity … Continue reading

Springfield Newspaper Features People, Planet, Profit Approach at ISTC

A lengthy article in the Springfield’s Illinois Times yesterday examined the practical, progressive approach to sustainable action  at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. It is called the “Triple Bottom Line,” describing an approach to balance the interests of the planet, … Continue reading

Midwest Biochar Conference

Biochar continues to fascinate researchers as a net-carbon negative fuel source and soil amenity which continues to surprise the scientific community. The Illinois Biochar Group, in conjunction with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois and the U.S. … Continue reading

Engineer Explains the Promise of the Other Hydrogen Fuel

Junhua Jiang, Senior Research Engineer at ISTC is featured in two Lightning Talk presentations from 2011 now available on the Prairie Research Institute’s YouTube channel. In one talk, Jiang deals with his work on improving electrochemical nanostructured microelectrodes for sensing … Continue reading

ISTC Supercapacitor Research Gets Most Online Buzz

“Highly ordered macroporous woody biochar with ultra-high carbon content as supercapacitor electrodes” by ISTC researchers Junhua Jiang, Lei Zhang, Xinying Wang, Nancy Holm, Kishore Rajagopalan, and colleagues at the University of South Carolina had the highest altmetric scores from … Continue reading

Wood Biochar Offers Promise of Cheap Supercapacitors

ISTC is investigating wood-biochar’s use as a supercapacitor. The material offers equal power capabilities as activated carbon, but is much less expensive.   A team led by Senior Engineer Junhua Jiang published results in the journal Electrocimica Acta, demonstrating the … Continue reading