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Rick French

Researcher IV-Chemistry

Richard.French@nrel.gov | 303-384-6135

Research Interests

  • Biomass thermal processing

  • Hydrotreating

  • Catalytic pyrolysis

  • Steam reforming to hydrogen

  • Gasification

  • Bench-scale reactors

  • Process monitoring

  • Molecular beam mass spectrometry

  • Molecular structure

  • Instrumentation and controls

  • Laboratory equipment design and construction

  • Computer-aided design (CAD)


Education

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Oregon State University

  • B.S., Chemistry, Wheaton College


Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1993present

  • Scientist, KMS Fusion

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Michigan


Featured Publications

  1. "Catalytic Pyrolysis of Pine over HZSM-5 with Different Binders," Topics in Catalysis (2016)

  2. "Hydrotreating the Organic Fraction of Biomass Pyrolysis Oil to a Refinery Intermediate," Energy and Fuels (2015)

  3. "Distributed Production of Hydrogen by Auto-thermal Reforming of Fast Pyrolysis Bio-oil Fast Pyrolysis," International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2014)