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, of course, tumbleweeds. For the most part, these resources are not much used–we want to change that.

The methods we use are thermochemical, meaning that we use heat, with or without catalyst, to drive chemical reactions. Most of our work focuses on slow pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction processes, adsorption for remediation of contaminants, and biochar (biomass char applied to soils for soil fertility and carbon sequestration).