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Zoe Huo is a member of the Industrial Systems and Fuels Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Research Interests

Production of transportation fuels and chemicals from biomass and wet waste

Water purification and resource recovery

Heterogeneous catalyst design, synthesis, characterization, and testing

Process design and economic analysis

Project management, process improvement, and data-driven portfolio management


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering (minor in Chemistry), Colorado School of Mines

M.S., Environmental Science, Tongji University

B.S., Environmental Science, Tongji University

Professional Experience

Chemical Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher, National Bioenergy Center, Catalytic Carbon Transformation & Scale-Up Center, NREL (2019–2020)

Graduate Intern, National Bioenergy Center, NREL (2018–2019)

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Colorado School of Mines (2015–2017)

Graduate Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014-2015)

Water Analysis Solutions Marketing Intern, Hach Company, Shanghai, China (2013)

Environmental Engineering Researcher, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (2012–2013)

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Tongji University, China (2011–2014)

Featured Work

Towards Net-Zero Sustainable Aviation Fuel with Wet Waste-Derived Volatile Fatty Acids, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2021)

A Hybrid Catalytic Hydrogenation/Membrane Distillation Process for Nitrogen Resource Recovery from Nitrate-contaminated Waste Ion Exchange Brine, Water Research (2020)

Performance-advantaged Ether Diesel Bioblendstock Production by a priori Design, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2019)

Tailoring Diesel Bioblendstock from Integrated Catalytic Upgrading of Carboxylic Acids: A “Fuel Property First” Approach, Green Chemistry (2019)

Catalytic Hydrothermal Decarboxylation and Cracking of Fatty Acids and Lipids over Ru/C, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2019)

Ruthenium Catalysts for the Reduction of N-Nitrosamine Water Contaminants, Environmental Science & Technology (2018)

Hydrogenation of Aqueous Nitrate and Nitrite with Ruthenium Catalysts, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2017) 

Exposure of Microcystis aeruginosa to Hydrogen Peroxide under Light: Kinetic Modeling of Cell Rupture and Simultaneous Microcystin Degradation, Environmental Science & Technology (2015)

View all NREL publications for Xiangchen (Zoe) Huo.