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  • Maureen McCann
    Director Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Molecular architecture of plant cell walls and synthetic biology approaches to incorporating catalysts in them for optimized conversion to liquid fuels.
  • Mahdi Abu-Omar
    Associate Director Professor of Chemistry, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Synthesis of transition metal catalysts and their use in biomass conversion to liquid fuels and High Value Organics (HVOs).
  • Rakesh Agrawal Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Energy transformation and use issues for solar, coal, biomass and hydrogen economy; Novel separation processes using distillation, membranes and adsorption; Process development, cryogenics and gas liquefaction processes.
  • Craig Barnes Professor and Department Head of Chemistry, University of Tennessee
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  • Joe Bozell Associate Professor of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alison Buchan Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Tennessee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Characterization of bacterial ring hydroxylating dioxygenases for use in the transformation of monolignols.
  • Nick Carpita
    Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: The dynamic structure and function of the unique cell walls of grasses and related species, and the biochemical mechanism of synthesis of cellulose and other beta-glucans.
  • Clint Chapple
    Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Lignin modification to enhance the catalytic degradation of biomass and the development and evaluation of targeted probes to explore the localization and control of lignin deposition.
  • Kari Clase Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology, Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mike Crowley Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Nick Delgass
    Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Heterogeneous catalysis directed toward development of catalysts for hydropyrolysis of biomass and selective hydrodeoxygenation for upgrading bio-oil to a high energy density fuel.
  • Shi-You Ding Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Bryon Donohoe Senior Scientist in Biosciences Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Visualizing the impact of catalyst incorporation and activity on cell wall architecture by imaging biomass-catalyst interactions at the nano-scale using 3D electron tomography.
  • Stephanie Bonebrake Administrative Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mike Himmel Team Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Carl Huetteman Project Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Hilkka Kenttamaa
    Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Development of analytical methods for the molecular level characterization of complex organic mixtures using tandem mass spectrometry.
  • Jyotsana Lal Argonne National Laboratory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Lee Makowski Senior Scientist, Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Biomolecular architecture and dynamics; and the development and use of novel x-ray and neutron scattering and x-ray imaging for their study.
  • Nathan Mosier
    Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Aqueous phase catalysis of lignocellulose hydrolysis and sugar dehydration to reactive aldehydes.
  • Fabio Ribeiro
    Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Study of pyrolytic processes to determine optimal reaction conditions and development of catalytic processes for the upgrade of bio-oil.
  • Garth Simpson Associate Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Chris Staiger Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dan Szymanski
    Associate Professor of Agronomy, Purdue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Cell wall assembly in living cells, using combinations of live-cell imaging techniques to directly visualize the activities of the cytoskeleton, the secretory pathway, and the assembly of cell wall polymers.
  • Kendall Thomson Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Melvin Tucker National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Students and Post Docs

  • Joshua Abbott University of Tennessee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Sabir Aqueel Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Christine Bohn Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dave Borton II Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Post Doc (Dr. Hilkka Kenttamaa)
    Research Interest: Mass spectrometry instrumentation development
  • Choudhari Harshawardhan Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • Jim Daleiden University of Tennessee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ashley Frank Post Doc (Dr. Alison Buchan)
    University of Tennessee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Research Interest: Characterization of bacterial ring hydroxylating dioxygenases for use in the transformation of monolignols.
  • Shuo Liu
    Graduate Student (Dr. Mahdi Abu-Omar)
    Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Research Interest: Conversion of biomass to high value organics and fuels.
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  • Matt Hurt Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Eurick Kim Purdue University Graduate Student (Dr. Abu-Omar) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Selective Conversion of Biomass to High Value Organics and Hydrocarbon Fuels
  • Jeong Im Kim Purdue University Advisor: Professor Clint Chapple Post Doc
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  • Vinod Kumar V Purdue University Graduate Student (Dr. Fabio Ribeiro) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research Interest: Thermochemical processes to convert biomass to liquid fuels
  • Chris Marcum
    Purdue University
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    Graduate Student (Dr. Hilkka Kenttamaa)
  • Dhairya Mehta Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ben Owen Post Doc (Dr. Hilkka Kenttamaa)
    Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Research Interest: Mass spectrometry instrumentation and identification of unknowns and mixture components.
  • Narra Padmaja Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Nelson Vinueza Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ben Wegenhart Purdue University Graduate Student (Dr. Abu-Omar) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Research interests: Conversion of biomass to liquid fuels and highly valuable organics by transition metal catalysis
  • Fanny Widjaja Purdue University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Hiu Wei
    Post Doc (Drs. Himmel, Ding, and Tucker)
    National Renewable Energy Lab
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    Research Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, carbon and nitrogen metabolism, and stress and metal physiology; Genetic engineering of biomass crops to improve the plant cell wall degradability; Metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics of microbial community that involved in biomass degradation.