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Robert Baldwin

Principal Scientist

robert.baldwin@nrel.gov | 303-384-6858

Areas of Expertise

Baldwin has extensive experience in catalysis, reaction engineering, biomass gasification, biomass liquefaction, upgrading of bio-oil, and advanced biofuels.


Education

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

  • B.S., M.S., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University


Professional Experience

  • Principal Scientist, Thermochemical Process R&D and Biorefinery Analysis, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO, 2008present

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering Program, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE (on secondment from NREL), 20112013

  • Professor and Saudi ARAMCO Chair, Chemical Engineering Dept., King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 2007Feb. 2008

  • Professor and Program Director, Chemical Engineering Program, The Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, 2003Nov. 2007

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering and Project Director, Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, 20002004

  • Professor and Head, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining Dept., CSM, 19902000

  • Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering, CSM, 19881989

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining Dept., CSM, 19851990

  • Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining Dept., CSM, 19801985

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining Dept., CSM, 19791980

  • Faculty Institute of Government and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, Fossil Energy Program, Washington, D.C., 19781979

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining Dept., CSM, 19761978

  • Instructor, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining Dept., CSM, 19751976


Patents

  1. "Beneficiation of Shale Kerogen and its Conversion into Shale Oil," U.S. Patent No. 4576708 (1986)


Featured Publications

  1. "Upgrading biomass pyrolysis vapors over β-zeolites: role of silica-to-alumina ratio," Green Chem. (2014)

  2. "A perspective on oxygenated species in the renery integration of pyrolysis oil," Green Chem. (2014)

  3. "Lignin depolymerisation by nickel-supported layered-double hydroxide catalysts," Green Chem. (2014)

  4. "Chemical characterization and hydrothermal pretreatment of Salicornia bigelovii straw for enhanced enzymatic hydrolysis and bioethanol potential," Bioresource Technology (2014)

  5. "Bio-oil Stabilization and Upgrading by Hot Gas Filtration," Energy & Fuels (2013)

  6. "Current research on Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass at National Renewable Energy Laboratory," Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2012)

  7. "Mild Hydrotreating of Bio-Oil: Effect of Reaction Severity and Fate of Oxygenated Species," Energy & Fuels (2010)

  8. "Catalysts and Sorbents for Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Renewable Biofuels-Material Development Needs," in Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy: Ceramic Transactions (2011)

  9. "Mild Hydrotreating of Biomass Pyrolysis Oils to Produce a Suitable Refinery Feedstock," Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy (2010)

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