Labs and Facilities

Air Quality Lab

The air quality laboratory contains state-of-the-art instruments for measuring size distributions of both airborne particles and particles dispersed in liquid media.

Animal Environmental Research Lab

Containing five environmental control chambers and three convective calorimeters this newly remodeled laboratory is customized for animal heat, moisture and gas production measurements. The entire building is HEPA filtered and animal care certified for a wide range of research related to animal environment, animal behavior, and gas emissions.

BioEnvironmental and Structural Systems (BESS) Lab

The BESS Lab is a research, testing and educational laboratory dedicated to providing unbiased engineering data to aid in the selection, design and development of commercial agricultural products.

BioMASS Laboratory

The laboratory for Biological Modeling, Analysis, and System Simulation specializes in biological system modeling, simulation, and analysis ranging from microscale ecosystems associated with denitrification to macroscale life support systems for future space missions.

Distributed Autonomous Systems Lab

The Distributed Autonomous Systems Lab conducts research in autonomous decision making to enable the next generation of robotic systems. Projects include development of robotic systems and onboard artificial intelligence for mechanical weeding of herbicide resistant weeds with teams of distributed robots, development of soft robotic arms and manipulators for agricultural management, and development of field robotic systems for monitoring contested areas.

Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI)

The Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) is a new research and development organization that harnesses advanced knowledge in biology, the physical sciences, engineering, and environmental and social sciences to devise viable solutions to global energy challenges and reduce the impact of fossil fuels to global warming.

Farm Research and Training Center (FRTC)

The ABE Farm Research and Training Center (FRTC) is an extensive off-campus research farm facility for critical research, teaching, demonstration, and outreach programs. The farm comprises 78 contiguous acres currently divided into 15 separate plots, ranging in size from two to eight acres. On-farm facilities include 7,500-ft^2 of unconditioned spaces that include a modern maintenance shop, classroom, environmental research facilities for poultry and swine, grain storage, a Solar Decathlon house, and three buildings for equipment and machine use.

Illinois Autonomous Farm (IAF)

The Illinois Autonomous Farm (IAF) unites researchers, industry leaders, educators, and stakeholders to drive research, education, and outreach for autonomous systems in agriculture across Illinois. Launched in 2020 as a joint effort between the ABE Department and the Illinois Center for Digital Agriculture (CDA), the IAF is a shared testbed facility to advance artificial intelligence (AI) research for agriculture. The IAF is located on the ABE Farm Research and Training Center. In 2020, IAF spanned an area of approximately four acres; it will expand to 10 acres of corn-soybean rotations in 2021 with additional establishments for vegetables, fruit, and nut orchards and polycultures. The ABE farm provides the IAF with access to key facilities, such as a solar-powered operating station, high-speed internet, and flexibility to expand its acreage as future projects demand.

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL)

The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) is a state-of-the-art pilot-scale facility that accelerates the commercialization of bioprocessing technologies in renewable chemicals and fuels. In 2016, IBRL officially became part of the ABE Department, with Dr. Vijay Singh being appointed the Director. IBRL has translational research capabilities and expertise to help food and beverage, biofuels, biopolymers and other industrial biotech companies from all over the world develop and improve their products and processes. The facility houses over $10 million in processing and laboratory equipment. It contains private spaces for individual projects as well as quick-connect utilities and electrical access, making it easy to move equipment and start projects quickly. The facility is also an excellent resource for student education - as IBRL offers a Professional Science Masters (PSM) program in bioprocessing and biotechnology and undergraduate internships.

Storm Water Pollution and Erosion Control Research and Training Center

The Storm Water Pollution and Erosion Control Research and Training Center, located on the university's South Farms, features a 300-feet-long and 13-feet-high dirt berm with three drainage ditches that can be discharged into a small pond. The research facility is being used to study the processes of erosion and test how different vegetation, commercial products, and other erosion control methods can reduce the degradation of soils and soil structures caused by storm water and other weather-related factors.

Waste Management Lab

This laboratory develops and evaluates novel technologies for converting agricultural waste to value added products such as renewable energy, while at the same time reducing the negative environmental impacts created by agricultural waste.