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Adam Bratis

Associate Lab Director-Bio Energy Sciences & Technology | 303-384-7852

Areas of Expertise

Adam Bratis joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2008. His role is to manage NREL's research and development efforts in support of the Department of Energy's mission in the biomass arena. This includes technical and managerial oversight in the areas of biochemical conversion, thermochemical conversion, algal biofuels, techno-economic and life-cycle analyses, and fuels testing. He also serves as a spokesperson for the biofuels research program at NREL, both internally and externally.

Additionally, Bratis leads the Renewable Carbon Fiber Consortium (RCFC), which is a multi-year, multi-institution research consortium made up of national lab, academic, and industrial partners. The objective of the RCFC is to demonstrate cost-effective production of renewable carbon fibers from lignocellulosic biomass-derived acrylonitrile.

Adam came to NREL with 11 years of experience with ExxonMobil in the areas of research and development, corporate planning, and refining and supply, and has extensive knowledge with respect to both alternative and conventional fuels.


  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Delaware

  • M.B.A., University of Delaware

  • B.S., Chemistry, Clarion University