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Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis

Staff

  • Mark Crocker
    Associate Director - Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis
    Scientist III
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Application of catalysis to biomass upgrading and biodiesel synthesis. Environmental applications of catalysis, focusing on the design of new catalysts and processes for the abatement of gaseous pollutants (e.g., NOx, N2O, NH3); selective oxidation of hydrocarbons, focusing on the design and application of improved catalysts; mechanistic studies in catalysis, employing soluble coordination complexes to model the active site in heterogeneous catalysts; applications of novel materials in catalysis.

  • Yaying Ji
    Senior Research Scientist - Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research areas include selective oxidation of lower hydrocarbons; hydrodesulfurization; EXAFS studies; Heck and environmental catalysis studies.

  • Stephanie Kesner
    Technician - Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise in algae cultivation and health monitoring.

  • Tonya Morgan
    Associate Reearch Scientist - Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Primary research focus relates to operations of UK Renewable Fuels Laboratory. Experience includes design and operation of catalyst screening reactors for bio-oil upgrading; Catalyst Preparation Methods (PVI, EWI, HDP, LDH, Acid Activation of Carbon Nanotubes); Sample handling and preparation protocols; Operation of various Gas Chromatographs [GC, GC/MS, Simulated Distillation, Refinery Gas Analyzers (Micro-GC)]; Other analytical devices (Potentiometric Titrators, Digital Density Meters, etc).

  • Robby Pace
    Assistant Research Scientist - Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Expertise in chemical analysis; current research includes the in depth analysis of lignin composition and evaluation of green strategies for the depolymerization of lignin.

  • Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez
    Senior Research Scientist - Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Research interests focus on the application of catalysis to the production of renewable fuels and chemicals, with emphasis on the upgrading of algae and vegetable oils to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels via decarboxylation and hydrotreating. Expertise includes catalyst preparation, characterization and testing, as well as the elucidation of structure-activity relationships and reaction mechanisms in heterogeneous catalysis.

  • Hee Yong Shin
    Visiting Scientist - Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Has a Ph.D degree from the Hanyang University in Korea. He is working with the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group (January 2013 - December 2013).

  • Michael Wilson
    Associate Research Engineer - Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis
    Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Researching photo bio-reactor design and optimization of large scale algae culturing systems. Experience in systems integration, measurement, and control.