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Abhijit Dutta

Manager - Biorefinery Analysis

Abhijit.Dutta@nrel.gov | 303-384-7782

Research Interests

Dutta is a senior engineer and the supervisor of the Biorefinery Analysis Section in the National Bioenergy Center (NBC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dutta has more than 20 years of experience in process engineering, including expertise in process modeling. He led and/or contributed to analyses, detailed reports, and publications on biomass conversion, including many studies as the principal investigator for the Thermochemical Conversion Analysis task at the NBC from 2008 to 2014. Prior to joining NREL, Dutta worked at Bloom Energy and Aspen Technology on process control and simulator development.


Areas of Expertise

  • Techno-economic analysis

    • Process model development for existing and conceptual processes

    • Detailed heat integration

    • Economic analysis of integrated processes

  • Integration of process simulation learnings into control strategies

  • Process simulator development

  • Custom model development for deployment in integrated models


Education

  • Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

  • Bachelor of Technology, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India


Patents

  1. "Online configurable control system for fuel cells," U.S. Patent No. 7599760 (2009)

Featured Publications

  1. "Conceptual Process Design and Techno-Economic Assessment of Ex Situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass: A Fixed Bed Reactor Implementation Scenario for Future Feasibility," Topics in Catalysis (2016)

  2. Process Design and Economics for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels: Thermochemical Research Pathways With In Situ and Ex Situ Upgrading of Fast Pyrolysis Vapors, NREL and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Joint Technical Report (2015)

  3. "Technoeconomic Analysis for the Production of Mixed Alcohols via Indirect Gasification of Biomass Based on Demonstration Experiments," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2014)

  4. Process Design and Economics for Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Ethanol: Thermochemical Pathway by Indirect Gasification and Mixed Alcohol Synthesis, NREL Technical Report (2011)

  5. "Techno-Economics of the Production of Mixed Alcohols from Lignocellulosic Biomass via High-Temperature Gasification," Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy (2010)

  6. "Economic Comparison of Different Fermentation Configurations to Convert Corn Stover to Ethanol Using Z. mobilis and Saccharomyces," Biotechnology Progress (2010)

  7. Thermochemical Ethanol via Direct Gasification and Mixed Alcohol Synthesis of Lignocellulosic Biomass, NREL Technical Report (2009)


Additional Publications

  1. "Production of low-oxygen bio-oil via ex situ catalytic fast pyrolysis and hydrotreating," Fuel (2017)

  2. "Liquid–Liquid Equilibrium Measurements for Model Systems Related to Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass," J. Chem. Eng. Data (2017)

  3. "One-Dimensional Biomass Fast Pyrolysis Model with Reaction Kinetics Integrated in an Aspen Plus Biorefinery Process Model," ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. (2017)

  4. Process Design and Economics for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Hydrocarbons via Indirect Liquefaction: Thermochemical Research Pathway to High-Octane Gasoline Blendstock Through Methanol/Dimethyl Ether Intermediates, NREL and PNNL Joint Technical Report (2015)

  5. "Evaluating the Effect of Potassium on Cellulose Pyrolysis Reaction Kinetics," Biomass and Bioenergy (2015)

  6. "One-Dimensional Steady-State Circulating Fluidized-Bed Reactor Model for Biomass Fast Pyrolysis," Fuel (2014)

  7. "Investigation of Thermochemical Biorefinery Sizing and Environmental Sustainability Impacts for Conventional Supply System and Distributed Pre-Processing Supply System Designs," Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining (2014)

  8. Process Design and Economics for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels: Fast Pyrolysis and Hydrotreating Bio-Oil Pathway, NREL, PNNL, and Idaho National Laboratory Joint Technical Report (2013)

  9. "Compositional Analysis and Advanced Distillation Curve for Mixed Alcohols Produced via Syngas on a K-CoMoSx Catalyst," Energy and Fuels (2013)

  10. Ex-Situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Technology Pathway, NREL and PNNL Joint Technical Report (2013)

  11. In-Situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Technology Pathway,NREL and PNNL Joint Technical Report (2013)

  12. Syngas Upgrading to Hydrocarbon Fuels Technology Pathway, NREL and PNNL Joint Technical Report (2013)

  13. "Techno-Economics for Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Ethanol by Indirect Gasification and Mixed Alcohol Synthesis," Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy (2012)

  14. "Integrated Process Configuration for High-Temperature Sulfur Mitigation during Biomass Conversion via Indirect Gasification," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2012)

  15. Gasoline from Wood via Integrated Gasification, Synthesis, and Methanol-to-Gasoline Technologies, NREL Technical Report (2011)

  16. "Gasoline from Woody Biomass via Thermochemical Gasification, Methanol Synthesis, and Methanol-to-Gasoline Technologies: A Technoeconomic Analysis," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2011)

  17. "Pilot-Scale Gasification of Corn Stover, Switchgrass, Wheat Straw, and Wood: 1. Parametric Study and Comparison with Literature," Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2010)

  18. "Techno-Economic Comparison of Biomass-to-Transportation Fuels Via Pyrolysis, Gasification, and Biochemical Pathways," Fuel (2010)

  19. Techno-Economic Analysis of Biochemical Scenarios for Production of Cellulosic Ethanol, NREL Technical Report (2010)

  20. "Economic and Environmental Comparison of a Biochemical and a Thermochemical Lignocellulosic Ethanol Conversion Processes," Cellulose (2009)

  21. "Analysis of Ultimate Permselectivity for H2S over CO2 in Alkaline Solutions," Chemical Engineering Science (1994)

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