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Research Interests

  • Catalytic biomass fractionation and depolymerization of lignin

  • Catalytic upgrading of bio-derived intermediates

  • Particle-scale chemical reaction engineering and transport phenomena

  • Analysis of complex bio-derived samples

Affiliated Research Programs

  • Renewable Carbon Fiber Consortium

  • Biological and Catalytic Conversion of Sugars and Lignin

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemical analysis of complex samples

  • Chemical reaction engineering and design

  • Experimental design

  • Data analysis

  • Lignin valorization

  • Laboratory equipment design and construction

  • Separations and purification


  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2005

Professional Experience

  • Research Technician, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 2016–present

  • Energy Advisor, Franklin Energy Services, 2012–2013

  • Lab Manager, AgroSystems LLC, 2011–2012

  • Research Chemist, Colorado State University, 2010

  • R&D Chemical Engineer, Appealing Products Inc., 2006

Featured Publications

  1. "Renewable Acrylonitrile Production," Science (2017)

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Please contact me with research questions, ideas for collaborations, and questions about lignin valorization projects at NREL. Please do NOT contact me directly for jobs—see instead information on NREL's Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship program or on NREL Careers in general.