November 16, 2012 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, One E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL
The Illinois Biochar Group will hold its fall meeting on Nov. 16 from 11 am – 4 pm at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center on the campus of the University of Illinois. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the latest biochar research in the Midwest, exchange information and ideas, and discuss ways to collaborate on future projects. The meeting is free and open to the public. Everyone with an interest in biochar is welcome to attend. Please register at www.biochar.illinois.edu so we know the number of attendees. You may also order a box lunch for the meeting for $6 (choices listed on the registration form). Deadline to register is noon on Nov. 14 if you are placing a lunch order. You will find a map and directions to ISTC and parking information on the website also. Please contact Nancy Holm, IBG Coordinator, at email@example.com or 217-244-3330 with any questions about the meeting.
10:30 am Tour of Labs (optional)
11 am Welcome and Introductions by attendees
11:15 am Kevin Gibson – Purdue University
“Effect of Biochar on Competition between Native and Invasive Prairie Plants”
Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch – Box lunches or on own – and Open Discussion
1:00 pm Duane Friend – University of Illinois Extension
“Biochar Application on Low Organic Matter Soils in Illinois”
1:15 pm Kurt Spokas – USDA – St. Paul; University of Minnesota
“Biochar Research Update”
1:30 pm Audrey Sweet – Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
“Incorporation of Biochar into Riparian Buffers”
1:45 pm Krishna Reddy – University of Illinois – Chicago
“Use of Biochar as Landfill Cover Material to Enhance Methane Oxidation”
2:00 pm Tom Holm – UI Illinois State Water Survey
“Biochar and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)”
2:15 pm Junhua Jiang – UI Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
“Preliminary Evaluation of Biochar Supercapacitors using Non-Aqueous Electrolytes”
2:30 pm Rick Larson – UI Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
“Phenolic Antioxidants from Lignin Pyrolysis”
2:45 pm Paul Wever – Chip Energy, Inc.
“Biochar Feedstock Supplies”
3:00 pm Paul Anderson – Chip Energy, Inc.
“Experiences at the First Biochar Summer School (Sept. 2012, Germany), and Other International Topics”
3:15 – 4 pm Coffee Break and Open Discussion
4:00 pm Tour of Labs (optional)