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Research Staff

NREL's biomass research staff includes:

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National Bioenergy Center

Management Team

The biomass management team is composed of:

  • Thomas Foust, National Bioenergy Center Director
  • Robert Baldwin, Principal Scientist, Thermochemical Conversion
  • Phil Pienkos, Applied Science Principal Group Manager
  • Kim Magrini, Catalysis and Thermochemical Sciences and Engineering R&D Principal Group Manager
  • Jim McMillan, Biochemical Process R&D Principal Group Manager
  • Rich Bain, Principal Engineer, Thermochemical Sciences
  • Mark Davis, Thermochemical Platform Lead
  • Richard Elander, Biochemical Platform Lead
  • Dan Blake, Emeritus

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Technology and Research Areas

NREL's National Bioenergy Center has four primary technology and research areas with eight secondary areas:

Applied Science

Phil Pienkos, Principal Group Manager
Julie Buell
Yat-Chen Chou
Mary Ann Franden
Michael Guarnieri
Eric Knoshaug
Lieve Laurens
Jeff Linger
William Long
Arjun Singh
Nicholas Sweeney
Thieny Trinh
Shihui Yang
Min Zhang

Biomass Analysis

Ed Wolfrum, Research Supervisor
Brenna Black
David Crocker
Jeanette Henry
Glendon Hunsinger
Deb Hyman
Stefanie Maletich
Bill Michener
Ryan Ness
Courtney Payne
Darren Peterson
Kailee Potter
Kelsey Ramirez
Michelle Reed
Amie Sluiter
Justin Sluiter
David Templeton
Stefanie Van Wychen
Jeff Wolfe

Process Biology

Nancy Dowe, Research Supervisor
Ed Jennings
Andrew Lowell
Ali Mohagheghi
Robert Nelson
Holly Smith

Catalysis and Thermochemical Sciences and Engineering R&D

Kim Magrini, Principal Group Manager
Melissa Carlisle
Danny Carpenter
Singfoong Cheah
Kevin Cowley
Steve Deutch
Crissa Doeppke
Rick French
Kristina Iisa
Rui Katahira
Robert Sykes
Angela Ziebell

Biomass Molecular Sciences

Mark Nimlos, Research Supervisor
Stuart Black
Lintao Bu
Jared Clark
Erica Gjersing
Renee Happs
Mark Jarvis
Luc Moens
Calvin Mukarakate
Michelle Myers
Heidi Pilath
David Robichaud

Thermochemical Process R&D

Esther Wilcox, Research Supervisor
Calvin Feik
Joseph Gardner
Katie Gaston
Ray Hansen
Marc Pomeroy
Kristen Smith
Mike Sprague
Jim Stunkel

Thermochemical Catalysis R&D

Jesse Hensley, Research Supervisor
Jack Ferrell
Whitney Jablonski
Jessica Olstad
Dan Ruddy (50%)
Joshua Schaidle
Alexander Stanton
Matt Yung

Biochemical Process R&D

Jim McMillan, Principal Group Manager
Rick Elander

Bioprocess R&D

Jim McMillan, Research Supervisor
Gregg Beckham
Xiaowen Chen
Stephen Chmely
Seonah Kim
James Lischeske
Kellene McKinny
Nick Nagle
Jonathan Stickel
Matthew Sturgeon
Melvin Tucker

Bioprocess Integration R&D

Dan Schell, Research Supervisor
William Bray
Wes Hjelm
Erik Kuhn
Bob Lyons
Eric Nelson
Joe Shekiro
Dave Sievers

Biorefinery Analysis

Ed Wolfrum, Acting Research Supervisor
Mary Biddy
Ryan Davis
Chris Kinchin
Asad Sahir
Chris Scarlata
Michael Talmadge
Eric Tan
Ling Tao
Joan Tarud
Wei-Cheng Wang

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Research Support Areas

NREL's biomass research support areas include two groups: Partnerships and Business Development, and Research Support.

Partnerships and Business Development

Rich Bolin

Project Leader

Cindy Gerk

Research Support

Stacey Burge, Supervisor
Morgan Beck
Billie Christen
Sheila Grady-McBride
Leslee Pohle
Dee Scheaffer
Ann Spurrier

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