Meet Joe Binder
YEAR OF GRADUATION FROM IWU
University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I completed my PhD in organic chemistry with
Prof. Ronald Raines in 2009. I worked on developing organometallic catalysts for protein
chemistry and on the chemical conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals.
— I work for BP Biofuels at the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC-Berkeley.
My job includes both the expected - development of chemical processes for making biofuels
- and the unexpected - studying the composition of bioenergy crops and influencing
our decisions on crops and agricultural production systems. I never anticipated that
my studies at IWU would lead me to tromping around cane fields in central Florida
in the heat of the summer!
I ran cross country and track at IWU and have continued to enjoy competitive distance
running since graduation, including races with my club teams and ultra marathons.
I also enjoy hiking and being outdoors, particularly in California.
FAVORITE IWU CHEMISTRY MEMORY — Chemical demonstrations with the IWU ACS Student Affiliates, especially working
with school children and making liquid nitrogen ice cream. Yum!
FAVORITE QUOTATION — "Pathetic. That's what it is. Pathetic." — Eeyore