Brent Shanks

Scientific Lead, New Pathway Development

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Dr. Shanks is an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Mike & Jean Steffenson Chair at Iowa State University in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

His group focuses on the chemical conversion of biomass-derived molecules to bioproducts and biofuels using heterogeneous catalysis. He is affiliated with the Biofuels and Bioproducts Division (BBD) of JBEI.


  • Chemical conversion of fermentation products to diversified biofuels and bioproducts.

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