Heterogeneous Catalysis for Thermochemical Conversion
Our mission is to transform thermal biomass deconstruction products (syngas and pyrolysis oil) into the fuels and chemicals that keep society moving forward.
An Exceptionally Mild and Scalable Solution-Phase Synthesis of Molybdenum Carbide Nanoparticles for Thermocatalytic CO2 Hydrogenation, Journal of the American Chemical Society (2020)
Methanol to High-Octane Gasoline within a Market-Responsive Biorefinery Concept Enabled by Catalysis, Nature Catalysis (2019)
Design and Synthesis
Our innovative synthesis techniques have led to the discovery of new catalytic materials, including diverse nanoparticle architectures.
We characterize the physical and chemical properties of solid catalysts with emphasis on active site functionality using state-of-the-art techniques.
Testing and Scale-Up
Our evaluation of catalyst performance in reactors at multiple scales identifies top-performing materials and informs the design and operation of pilot plants.
We use first-principles-based reaction energetics coupled with kinetic models to predict catalyst performance under realistic reaction conditions.
Mayank Behl, Intel Corporation
Kayla Brady, LiquidPower Specialty Products, Inc.
Abdoulaye Diallo, Physician Assistant School
Gary Grim, NREL Bioenergy Techno-Economic, Sustainability, and Market Analysis
Whitney Jablonski, S&P 500
Eric Nelson, Applied Control Equipment
Ming Pan, BASF
Glenn Powell, NREL Energy Systems Integration
Radhika Rao, Evonik
Allison Robinson, NREL
Alex Stanton, Orbital ATK
Trenton Wilke, Sironix Renewables
Vanessa Witte, Genscape
Mengze Xu, PNNL
Related and Integrated Programs
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Colorado School of Mines
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Kansas
University of Michigan
University of Southern California
Funding for this program is provided by the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a division of DOE's EERE Office, as well as NREL's Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program. We are grateful for their ongoing support.