Research and Teaching
I am involved in understanding the role that renewable natural resources can play in offsetting the use of non-renewable resources for meeting sustainability goals in energy and material feedstocks, via thermochemical processing of biomass and wastes.
My research involves utilizing waste and undervalued biomass to create products ranging from fuels, additives and chemical feedstocks from biorenewable resources that are compatible with existing hydrocarbon based infrastructure.
I teach courses in the broad context of energy, sustainability, and environmental science and technology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Anchorage- in person as well as through distance delivery platforms.
For prospective students,
please feel free to contact me regarding potential projects, funding and requirements keeping in mind that you don’t need to have a background in the topic of biomass utilization to work with me in this area. After all, it is the point of higher education to provide these skills.
Funded Projects- Sponsored Research
U.S.D.A. NIFA McIntire-Stennis, PI, “Developing a fast assessment method for catalytically upgrading biomass pyrolysis into drop-in-fuels and chemical feedstocks”, (2011-2014), $187,357
U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, Alaska, Co-I, “Seed Quality, Northern Latitudes:Biomass Study 2” (2010-2012), $130,256
Pacific Ring Incorporated, PI, Toxicity and Chemical Characterization of Albizia Wood. (2010), $4,000
U.S.D.A. Special Grant, Co-I, Wood Utilization Research Year 10, Biofuels Modules(2010-2012), $595,876
U.S.D.A. NIFA/AFRI, PI, Equipment Grant, CHN Elemental Analyzer (2009), $28,976
U.S.D.A. Special Grant, Co-I, Wood Utilization Research Year 9, Biofuels and Wood Chemistry Modules (2009-2011), $590,000
U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, Alaska, Co-I, “Seed Quality, Northern Latitudes:Biomass Study 1” (2009-2010), $380,000
Western Sungrant Center, Co-I, “Low NOx Biodiesel Development”, (2008-2012), $150,000
U.S.D.A. Special Grant, Co-I, Wood Utilization Research Year 8, Biofuels and Wood Chemistry Modules (2008-2010), $597,044
U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, PI, “Gasification of Salmon Wastes” (2008-2009), $25,000
Indiana Soybean Alliance, PI, cold flow biodiesel testing (2009), $25,000
U.S.D.A. Special Grant, Co-I, Wood Utilization Research Year 7, Wood Chemistry Module (2006-2008), $613,485
U.S.D.A. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Station, PI, “Moisture Content of Fire-Killed Trees” (2008-2010), $82,000.
Matanuska-Susitna Borough Seed Grant, Co-I, “Fast Rotation Woody Biomass”, (2008-2009), $15,000