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Lauren Magnusson

Research Associate

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Lauren Magnusson received her M.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2008, where she worked under the supervision of Dr. Nazim Cicek. During her time at the U of M, she focused on cellulosic hydrogen production using the bacterium Clostridium thermocellum. Her research showed that long-term, stable H2 production can be achieved during direct fermentation of an insoluble cellulosic substrate under continuous culture conditions, and that C. thermocellum is capable of fermenting complex lignocellulosic materials without pretreament. At NREL, she is currently working with Dr. Pin-Ching Maness on hydrogen production from various lignocellulosic biomass materials.

Research Interests 

  • Hydrogen production from lignocellulosic biomass
  • Fermentation of waste green algal cell mass for hydrogen production.


  • 2008 National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • 2008 University of Manitoba, Master of Science, Biosystems Engineering

  • 2005 University of Guelph, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering

Selected Publications 

  1. Magnusson LR, Sparling R, Cicek N, Levin D (2008). "Continuous hydrogen production during fermentation of a-cellulose by the thermophilic bacterium Clostridium thermocellum." Biotechnology and Bioengineering (102); pp. 759-766.
  2. Magnusson LR, Islam R, Sparling R, Cicek N, Levin D (2008). "Direct Hydrogen Production from Cellulosic Waste Materials with a Single-Step Dark Fermentation Process." International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (33); pp. 5398-5403.