Nano Research Facility School of Engineering & Applied Science


The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) encourages and coordinates University-wide and external collaborative research into biofuels and other alternative energy applications. The University will invest more than $55 million in the center, including:

  • Develop a building on the northeast corner of the Danforth Campus for the Washington University department of energy, environmental and chemical engineering in the School of Engineering at a cost of $40 million. When completed, it will house I-CARES and related research projects. In the meantime, I-CARES will be located in Wilson Hall on the Danforth Campus.
  • Fund five new endowed professorships in science, engineering, architecture, social science or medicine to attract research leaders in energy, environment and sustainability. This represents at least $12.5 million of endowment and start-up costs.
  • Award at least $2.5 million over five years to the center to seed and develop collaborative research within the university and with its regional partners through I-CARES.
  • Provide an additional $500,000 to support the development of collaborative projects with its McDonnell Academy international partner universities.
  • Support a sustainability officer and provide the capital needed to apply green technology to improve efficiency of energy systems and other university operations.

The goal of the center is research on biofuels from plant and microbial systems and the exploration of sustainable alternative energy and environmental systems and practices. The center operates under the direction of Hamadri Pakrasi. The center is part of the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. For more information, please visit