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Mark F. Davis, Ph.D.

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Dr. Mark Davis is the Thermochemical Conversion Platform Leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He also currently serves as the Focus Area Lead for the characterization and modeling activities in the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research program is focused on integrating multivariate statistical data analysis and spectroscopic methods such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and pyrolysis-molecular beam mass spectrometry (PyMBMS) to follow changes in plant cell wall chemistry due to transgenic modification. He has developed pyMBMS methods to rapidly analyze cell wall chemistry and teamed with plant geneticists to use the results of these analyses to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) in poplar and loblolly pine. Dr. Davis has more than 20 years experience in the biomass conversion area and has authored more than 50 publications and book chapters.

Learn more about the BioEnergy Science Center and NREL's biomass research.

Education and Training

Ph.D., Wood Science, Colorado State University, 1990
M.S., Physical Chemistry, Colorado State University, 1987
B.S., Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, 1981

Professional Experience

  • Thermochemical Platform Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, 2010–present
  • Focus Area 3 Lead: Characterization and Modeling, BioEnergy Science Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 2012–present
  • Group Manager, Chemical and Catalyst Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2008–2011
  • Characterization Activity Leader, BioEnergy Science Center, 2007–2011
  • Principal Section Supervisor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2006–2008
  • Principal Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2004–present
  • Senior Chemist II, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2004–2006
  • Adjunct Professor, Michigan Technological University, 2005–present
  • Senior Chemist I, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1997–2004
  • Staff Chemist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1995–1997
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1993–1994
  • Staff Spectroscopist, National Center for NMR Applications, Colorado State University, 1983–1985 and 1988–1992


Contact Information

Mark F. Davis, Ph.D.
Thermochemical Platform Program Manager
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-6140
Fax: 303-384-6363