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Tim Dunning

Researcher II-Mechanical Engineering | 303-384-7697

Research Interests

Tim has been working with the Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit (TCPDU) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (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. Other interests include:

  • Integration and scale-up of biomass to fuels and chemicals

  • Solids handling

  • Biochar

Affiliated Research Programs


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering Technology, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2016

  • B.S., Environmental, Population, and Organism Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, 2002

  • B.S., Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, 2002

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 Accreditations/Memberships

  • National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Engineering Intern, 2017

Awards and Honors

  • NREL President’s Award 2016, Outstanding Contribution, Cyclone Design