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Jacob Kruger

Research Engineer, Catalysis and Biomass Conversion | 303-275-4081

Research Interests

  • Algal growth systems targeting high-efficiency production of biomass

  • Valorization of low-cost algal biomass

  • Catalytic biomass fractionation and depolymerization of biopolymers (especially lignin, polysaccharides, and proteins)

  • Catalytic upgrading of bio-derived intermediates


  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, 2011

  • B.A., Chemistry, Hamline University, 2007

Professional Experience

  • Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Bioenergy Center (NBC), 2014–present

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL, NBC, 20132014

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, Department of Chemical Engineering, 20112013

Featured Publications

  1. "Lignin Depolymerization with Nitrate-Intercalated Hydrotalcite Catalysts," ACS Catalysis (2016)

  2. "Aqueous-Phase Fructose Dehydration Using Brønsted Acid Zeolites: Catalytic Activity of Dissolved Aluminosilicate Species," Applied Catalysis A (2014)

  3. "Elucidating the Roles of Zeolite H-BEA in Aqueous-Phase Fructose Dehydration and HMF Rehydration," ACS Catalysis (2013)

  4. "Autothermal Partial Oxidation of Butanol Isomers," Applied Catalysis A (2012)