Ryan Ness

Research Technician IV-Operate


Research Interests

Ryan M. Ness is a research technician in the Biomass Analysis group within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) National Bioenergy Center. Ness’s interests include bench-scale pretreatment, wet chemical analysis, and instrumental analysis of lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks.

  • Bench-scale pretreatment

  • Compositional analysis

  • Method development and optimization


  • B.A., Human Biology, University of Kansas, 2002

Professional Experience

  • Research Technician, NREL, 2007present

  • Toxicology Analyst, Quest Diagnostics, 20052007

  • Semi-Volatiles Analyst, Pace Analytical Services, Inc., 20032005

Featured Publications

  1. "The Effect of Biomass Densification on Structural Sugar Release and Yield in Biofuel Feedstock and Feedstock Blends," Bioenergy Research (2017)

  2. "Improved methods for the determination of drying conditions and fraction insoluble solids (FIS) in biomass pretreatment slurry,” Biomass and Bioenergy (2016)

  3. "Laboratory-Scale Pretreatment and Hydrolysis Assay for Determination of Reactivity in Cellulosic Biomass Feedstocks," Biotechnology for Biofuels (2013)

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