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Matt Oliver

Research Technician IV-Multi Discipline | 303-384-6142

Engineers walk and work among the pipes and tubes of NREL’s Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit.

NREL’s Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit can process 1/2 ton per day of biomass via fast pyrolysis or steam gasification. The new catalytic riser reactor system can be used for ex situ vapor-phase upgrading or steam reforming with continuous catalyst regeneration. Get more information about NREL’s Thermochemical Processes.

Research Interests

  • Integration and scale up of biomass to fuels and chemicals

Affiliated Research Programs

Areas of Expertise

  • Fabrication of pilot-scale reactors, vessels, piping, and tubing

  • Welding—metal inert gas (MIG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), and orbital

  • Electrical wiring (AC and DC)

  • Tube bending and long tubing runs

  • Pipe fitting

  • Plant operations

  • Sampling and sample handling

  • Hoisting and rigging

  • Auto CAD

  • SolidWorks

  • Microsoft Office


  • B.S., Business Management, University of Colorado, 2007

  • A.A., Colorado Mountain College, 2004

Professional Experience

  • Research Technician, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2014–present

  • Metallurgical Technician, Hazen Research, 2013–2014

  • Lead Technician, Phillips Enterprises, LLC, 2008–2013