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David Robichaud

Researcher IV-Chemistry | 303-384-7790

Research Interests

  • Production of premium fuels and chemicals from biomass pyrolysis

  • Computational modeling

  • Chemical mechanisms of catalytic surfaces

Affiliated Research Programs

  • Computational Pyrolysis Consortium (PI)

  • Catalytic Pyrolysis Science (collaborator)

Areas of Expertise

  • Thermochemical conversion sciences

    • Gas kinetics and mechanisms

    • Gasification

    • Pyrolysis

    • Catalytic fast pyrolysis

  • Heterogeneous catalysis

    • C–C coupling

    • Zeolites

    • Kinetics and reaction mechanisms

  • Reactor scale-up and validation

  • Computational modeling

    • Gas phase reaction modeling

    • Heterogeneous chemistry


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 2007

  • B.S., Chemistry/Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton, 2001

Professional Experience

  • Senior Thermochemical Conversion Scientist, Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Bioenergy Center (NBC), 2015–present

  • Staff Scientist, Thermochemical Sciences, NREL, NBC, 20072015

Featured Publications

  1. "Catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass: the reactions of water and aromatic intermediates produces phenols," Green Chemistry (2015)

  2. "Biomass Particle Models with Realistic Morphology and Resolved Microstructure for Simulations of Intraparticle Transport Phenomena," Energy & Fuels (2015)

  3. "Unimolecular thermal decomposition of dimethoxybenzenes," Journal of Chemical Physics (2014)

View all NREL Publications for David Robichaud.

Please contact me with research questions, ideas for collaborations, and questions about the Computational Pyrolysis Consortium program. 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.