Welcome to the Brewer Biomass Thermochemical Processing 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, alfalfa stems, cotton gin trash, yard waste, dairy manure, algae, and, of course, tumbleweeds. For the most part, these resources are not being 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, biomass energy to drive water desalination, and biochar (biomass charcoal applied to soils for soil fertility and carbon sequestration).