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Tim Dunning

Researcher II-Mechanical Engineering

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Tim Dunning has been working with the Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit (TCPDU) at NREL since 2014. He has contributed to enhancements in the solids collection systems within the TCPDU as well as electrical upgrades and general plant operations. Tim is very excited to start performing research with the recently installed riser reactor that the TCPDU will use for vapor phase upgrading of fast pyrolysis products.

Research Interests

Integration and scale-up of biomass to fuels and chemicals

Solids handling


Affiliated Research Programs

Biomass Feedstocks (Collaborator)

Heterogeneous Catalysis for Thermochemical Conversion (Collaborator)

Thermochemical Process Integration, Scale-Up, and Piloting (Collaborator)


B.S., Mechanical Engineering Technology, Metropolitan State University of Denver

B.S., Environmental, Population, and Organism Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

B.S., Environmental Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

Professional Experience

Research Engineer, NREL (2016–present)

Engineering Intern, NREL (2014–2016)

Production Manager, Intelagard Inc. (2008–2013)

R&D Shop Foreman, Intelagard Inc. (2005–2008)

Associations and Memberships

Engineering Intern, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

Awards and Honors

NREL President’s Award, Outstanding Contribution, Cyclone Design (2016)