About the authors

Robert C. Brown

Robert C. Brown is Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). He is the founding director of ISUís Bioeconomy Institute and helped establish ISUís Biorenewable Resources and Technology interdisciplinary graduate program. He is well known for his research on the production and use of biofuels.

Tristan R. Brown

Tristan R. Brown is an attorney employed as a research associate at Iowa State University's Bioeconomy Institute. He has published on topics ranging from greenhouse gas emissions policy to global trade law to engineering economics. He also teaches a graduate-level course on biorenewables law and policy.

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Why Are We Producing Biofuels? is written for those who are curious about efforts to introduce biofuels into our energy supply but are not satisfied with the publically accessible information on the subject. Written by experts in the field, this book provides educators, policy makers, and business leaders, and the general public with an insiderís understanding of the current research in the field as well as an appreciation of the debates surrounding biofuels.

This book explores the opportunity to advance a sustainable energy future through the development of advanced biofuels. By examining the emergence of first generation biofuels and the kinds of technologies being developed for advanced biofuels, the book also articulates the challenges that must be overcome: