Todd Vander Wall comes to NREL from the environmental and chemical engineering industry, where he focused on environmental chemistry. He originally designed and implemented methanogenesis systems for the growth and collection of biogenic methane from municipal solid waste. Following that, he performed in-situ investigations on thermogenic methane from subsurface coal seams.
In 2008, Mr. Vander Wall left the oil and gas industry. He now works in NREL's Biomolecular Sciences division performing investigations of hydrolytic enzymes for the production of biofuels. His work includes expression of heterologous proteins in fungal and bacterial systems, as well as screening for activity of enzymatic depolymerization of biomass.