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Joseph Rollin

Postdoctoral Researcher-Directors Fellowship | 303-384-7854

After completing his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Notre Dame, Joe served in the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, during which time he co-founded two start-up companies, Gate Fuels Inc. and Cell-Free Bioinnovations Inc. In 2016 Joe served as a Fellow with ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, where he continues to serve as a part-time advisor. He started the NREL Director’s Fellowship in Feb of 2017.


Featured Publications

  1. High-yield hydrogen production from biomass by in vitro metabolic engineering: Mixed sugars coutilization and kinetic modeling, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2015)

  2. New biotechnology paradigm: Cell-free biosystems for biomanufacturing. Green Chem. (2013)

  3. Increasing cellulose accessibility is more important than removing lignin: A comparison of cellulose solvent-based lignocellulose fractionation and soaking in aqueous ammonia, Biotechnol. and Bioeng. (2011)

  4. Rollin JA, Ye X, Martin del Campo JS, Adams MWW, Zhang YHP. (2014). Novel hydrogen bioreactor and detection apparatus. In Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology - Bioreactor Engineering Research and Industrial Applications II: Bioreactors. (Bao J, Ye Q, Zhong JJ, ed.) Springer, New York.

  5. Manser JS, Rollin JA, Brown KE, Rohlfing, EA. (2016). ARPA-E: Accelerating US Energy Innovation. ACS Energy Letters. 1(5):987-990.

  6. Myung S, Rollin JA, You C, Sun F, Chandrayan S, Adams MWW, and Zhang YHP. (2014). In vitro metabolic engineering of hydrogen production at theoretical yield from sucrose. Eng. 24:70-77.

  7. Martin del Campo JS, Rollin JA, Myung S, You C, Chandrayan S., Patino R, Adams MWW and Zhang YHP. (2013). High-yield production of dihydrogen from xylose by using a synthetic enzyme cascase in a cell-free system. Chem., Int. Ed. 52(17): 4587-4590.

  8. Zhang YHP, Myung S, You C, Zhu Z and Rollin JA. (2011). Toward low-cost biomanufacturing through cell-free synthetic biology: bottom-up design. Mater. Chem. 21:18877-18886.

  9. Liao H, Zhang X, Rollin JA, and Zhang YHP. (2011). A minimal set of bacterial cellulases for consolidated bioprocessing of lignocelluloses. J. 6:1409-1418.

  10. Ye X, Rollin JA, Zhang YHP. (2010). Thermophilic α-glucan phosphorylase from Clostridium thermocellum: Cloning, characterization and enhanced thermostability. Mol. Catal. B: Enzym. 65:110-116.

  11. Zhang YHP and Rollin JA. (2009). Technical comments on “Greater transportation energy and GHG offsets from bioelectricity than ethanol”. Nature Precedings. 3725.1.

  12. Wang Y, Rollin JA, and Zhang YHP. (2009). Enhancing allele-specific PCR for specifically detecting short deletion and insertion DNA mutations. Cell. Probes. 24:15-19.

  13. Sathitsuksanoh N, Zhu ZG, Templeton N, Rollin JA, Harvey SP, and Zhang YHP. (2009). Saccharification of a potential bioenergy crop, Phragmites australis (common reed), by lignocellulose fractionation followed by enzymatic hydrolysis at decreased cellulase loadings. Eng. Chem. Res. 48:6441-6447.

  14. Sathisuksanoh N, Zhu Z, Rollin JA, Zhang Y-HP. (2010). Solvent fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass. 122-140. In Bioalcohol Production (Keith Waldron, ed.) Woodhead Publishing and CRC Press, Cambridge, UK.

  15. Zhang YHP, Zhu Z, Rollin JA, Sathitsuksanoh, N. (2010). Advances in cellulose solvent-and organic solvent-based lignocellulose fractionation (COSLIF). ACS Symposium Series 1033:365-379. In Cellulose Solvents: For Analysis, Shaping and Chemical Modification, Oxford University Press, UK.