Photo of Jacob Kruger

Jacob Kruger

Researcher IV-Materials and Process Engineering


Research Interests

Algal growth systems targeting high-efficiency production of biomass

Valorization of low-cost algal biomass

Catalytic biomass fractionation and depolymerization of biopolymers (especially lignin, polysaccharides, and proteins)

Catalytic upgrading of bio-derived intermediates


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities

B.A., Chemistry, Hamline University

Professional Experience

Research Engineer, NREL, Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center (2014–present)

Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL, National Bioenergy Center (2013–2014)

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, Department of Chemical Engineering (2011–2013)

Featured Work

Lignin Depolymerization with Nitrate-Intercalated Hydrotalcite Catalysts, ACS Catalysis (2016)

Aqueous-Phase Fructose Dehydration Using Brønsted Acid Zeolites: Catalytic Activity of Dissolved Aluminosilicate Species, Applied Catalysis A (2014)

Elucidating the Roles of Zeolite H-BEA in Aqueous-Phase Fructose Dehydration and HMF Rehydration, ACS Catalysis (2013)

Autothermal Partial Oxidation of Butanol Isomers, Applied Catalysis A (2012)