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Anh To

Postdoctoral Researcher-Chemical Engineering

Anh.To@nrel.gov | 303-384-7825

Research Interests

  • Heterogeneous catalysis for biofuels and refining and petrochemical applications

  • Production of renewable fuels and value-added chemicals from gasified biomass and biomass pyrolysis vapors

  • Catalytic depolymerization of biomass

  • Process scale-up for catalyst synthesis and testing

Areas of Expertise

  • Bench-scale reactor design, construction, and operation: high-pressure batch and continuous flow reactors (gas & liquid phases)

  • Catalyst synthesis: zeolites, supported metals, and mesoporous carbons

  • Analytical instrumentations: temperature programmed desorption/chemisorption techniques (TPD/TPR/TPO/pulse chemisorption), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photo-spectrometry (XPS), UV- vis absorption spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), N2 physisorption/surface area measurement techniques, mass spectrometry (MS), Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and liquid/gas chromatography (HPLC/GPC/GC)

  • Methods/software: Aspen Hysys, Scimsci Pro/II, AutoCAD, Labview, and linear programming

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 2014

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering – Technology of Petroleum Processing, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, 2007

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher – Chemical Engineering, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2016–present

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering – University of California, Berkeley, 2014–2016

  • Project Engineer, Vietnam Petroleum Institute, 2007–2009

Featured Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Kokes Award, 23rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting (2013)

  • ConocoPhillips Fellowship (2011–2014)

  • Sooner Heritage Scholarship recipient (2011–2013)

  • Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant (2010–2011)