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Michael Griffin

Researcher III-Chemical Engineering

Michael.Griffin@nrel.gov | 303-384-6205

Research Interests

  • Development of catalytic materials for the conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals

    • Hydrodeoxygenation of pyrolysis vapors

    • Carbon-carbon coupling for the production of fuel-range products

    • Selective conversion of functionalized compounds for the production of high-value products

    • Physical and chemical material characterization under reaction conditions


Affiliated Research Programs

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis for Thermochemical Conversion


Areas of Expertise

  • Heterogeneous catalysis

    • Design and operation of reactor systems

    • Analysis of reaction kinetics and mechanisms

    • Physical and chemical characterization of catalytic materials

  • Surface science

    • Design and operation of ultra-high vacuum equipment

    • Analysis of surface chemistry at the molecular level


Education

  • Ph.D., Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2013

  • B.S., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, 2007


Featured Publications

  1. "The Selective Oxidation of Ethylene Glycol and 1,2-propanediol on Au, Pd, and Au-Pd Bimetallic Catalysts," Journal of Catalysis (2013)

Illustration showing three sets of cube-like ball bearings of grey and gold on the right labeled "highest activity" with the molecular formula for 1,2-propanediol converted into lactic acid over a palladium-gold bimetallic catalyst. On the left the molecular formulas for C-H scission is shown and is labeled "rate-limiting step."

  1. "Surface Chemistry of 2-Iodoethanol on Pd(111): Orientation of Surface-Bound Alcohol Controls Selectivity," Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2012)

Illustration labeled "major reaction products" at the top. On the right is a figure of blue spheres with a three-dimensional molecular figure of white, grey, and pink spheres labeled "low coverage," representing 2-iodoethanol adsorbing on palladium. On the left is a figure of blue spheres with a three-dimensional molecular figure of white, grey, and pink spheres labeled "low coverage," representing a flat lying adsorption geometry that is converted to hydrogen and carbon monoxide. In an upright adsorption geometry it is converted to acetaldehyde and ethanol.


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