We're engaged in fundamental scientific research to develop alternative, renewable fuels and chemicals from cellulosic biomass to reduce fossil fuel dependence and preserve the environment. TIMBR provides a unique intellectual and physical framework where investigators are addressing several key renewable energy and raw materials challenges while addressing an obligation to train tomorrow’s biorenewable workforce.

Research and Technology Transfer  TIMBR brings each research project to a point where an entrusted innovator – entrepreneurs and corporations – with savvy and resources can transform discoveries into products to address economic and environmental concerns. 

State-of-the-Art Facilities  TIMBR investigators with access to more than 67,000 ft2 of laboratory space have access to state-of-the art, in many cases customized, equipment supported by powerful computing capabilities to collect, analyze and manage data.

A Team of Experts  TIMBR investigators are well-recognized experts in a broad range of disciplines from within the College of Engineering and College of Natural Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Cross-disciplinary Approach  TIMBR investigators collaborate along an intellectual continuum that reflects the multifaceted challenges faced in biorenewable fuels and chemicals research.

Vertically Integrated  TIMBR is vertically integrated to focus on the major challenges of biorenewable research:  biomass feedstock development; biological and chemical conversion process development; and economic and environmental impacts. 

Public and Private Partnership  TIMBR functions well within the complex dynamic of government, industry and academia unitedly addressing major challenges.  TIMBR has succeeded as the engine of discovery and looks forward to future opportunities.