Amie Sluiter, PMP, is a senior project manager at NREL. Amie manages projects from exploratory science with industrial partners to multimillion-dollar, cross-laboratory U.S. Department of Energy research projects. She is currently the project manager for the Bioenergy Technologies Office Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC), which includes nine national laboratories and multiple Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy offices. Amie brings decades of practical experience in the bioenergy R&D sector to her projects from her bioenergy material characterization work. She is highly organized, with a technical background that lends itself to both project participation and technical monitoring.

Research Interests

Amie has extensive experience in wet chemical analysis, method development, and data quality review. Amie has investigated many biomass analysis methods and is primary author on 11 NREL Laboratory Analytical Procedures, which are used worldwide. She has taught full biomass compositional analysis procedures to both internal and external colleagues, including international partners. Amie has created calculation spreadsheets to facilitate the hundreds of calculations involved in summative mass closure analysis.

Amie created many of NREL's rapid near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic analysis methods. These methods allow analysts to predict the composition of feedstock and process intermediates at a significant time and cost reduction compared with traditional wet chemical analyses. Amie has evaluated many biomass feedstock and intermediate types, creating projection to latent structures and principal component analysis NIR models to predict constituent values. She has published a number of these models, which range from mature to exploratory.

Education

B.S., Mathematics, Regis University (cum laude)

B.S., Chemistry, Regis University (cum laude)

Project Management Professional, PMP

Professional Experience

Senior Project Manager, NREL (2019–present)

Senior Scientist, NREL (2016–2019)

Group Manager, Biomass Analysis Technologies Team, NREL (2012–2016)

Scientist, NREL (2002–2012)

Staff Scientist, NREL (1996–2002)

Featured Work

Improved Methods for the Determination of Drying Conditions and Fraction Insoluble Solids (FIS) in Biomass Pretreatment Slurry, Biomass and Bioenergy (2016)

Near Infrared Calibration Models for Pretreated Corn Stover Slurry Solids, Isolated and in situ, Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (2016)

Long-Term Variability in Sugarcane Bagasse Feedstock Compositional Methods: Sources and Magnitude of Analytical Variability, Biotechnology for Biofuels (2016)

Chapter 8: Methods for Biomass Compositional Analysis, Catalysis for the Conversion of Biomass and Its Derivatives (2013)

Compositional Analysis of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks 1: Review and Description of Methods, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2010)

Improved Multivariate Calibration Models for Corn Stover Feedstock and Dilute-Acid Pretreated Corn Stover, Cellulose (2009)

Assessing Corn Stover Composition and Sources of Variability via NIRS, Cellulose (2009)

Characterization, Genetic Variation, and Combining Ability of Maize Traits Relevant to the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol, Crop Science (2009)

Rapid Biomass Analysis - New Tools for Compositional Analysis of Corn Stover Feedstocks and Process Intermediates from Ethanol Production, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2003)

Use of Near Infrared Spectroscopy to Measure the Chemical and Mechanical Properties of Solid Wood, Wood Science and Technology (2004)