Welcome to the Brewer Biomass Utilization research group.

In our research, we aim to transform waste materials into energy, into clean water, and into improved sustainability for agriculture.

New Mexico, even as a desert, is teaming with biomass resources: pecan orchard prunings, pecan shells, guayule bagasse, cotton gin trash, hemp residues, yard waste, dairy manure, algae, and forestry residues. For the most part, these resources are not used much–we want to change that.

Our work focuses on slow pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction conversion processes, extraction and separation of value-added co-products, adsorption for remediation of contaminants, biochar (biomass-derived char applied for soil quality and carbon sequestration), phytoremediation, brewing, and resilient food systems.