Refinery Research

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David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

Stephen C. Chmely
Research Assistant Professor
Biomass conversion technologies



UTIA Awarded FAA Grant to Analyze Biorefinery Supply Chains, 11/9/2017


(4 mentions)

Biofuel Refinery Groundbreaking 
Many believe America must find new ways to create energy and fuel. UT recently started construction on a biorefinery to research the manufacture of biofuels from agricultural products.

(3 mentions)

A recent report says the U.S. could produce a billion tons of biofuel materials each year, without impacting food supplies. We are working on ways to produce biomass and alternative fuels.

(1 mention)

Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.


Recent Publications

Forest Resources for Bioenergy.  Avila, G.S  2017.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

Novel co-polymers synthesized from biorefinery by-products.  Rajan, K., S. C. Chmely, N. Labbe, and D. J. Carrier.  2017.  39th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, May 3-4, 2017.

Catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis of organosolv lignin using B-containing FeNi alloyed catalysts Regmi, Y. N., J. K. Mann, J. R. McBride, J. Tao, C. E. Barnes, N. Labbe, and S. C. Chmely.  2017.  Catalysis Today, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.05.051. [Abstract]

Developing potentials of switchgrass extractives in an integrated biorefinery.  Tao, J., A. Bruce, B. H. Ownley, K. D. Gwinn, D. H. D'Souza, N. Moustaid-Moussa, and N. Labbe.  2017.  The Great Experiment Conference, March 13-14, 2017, Knoxville, TN.

Impact of trucking network flow on preferred biorefinery locations in the southern United States Young, T. M., L. D. Han, J. H. Perdue, S. R. Hargrove, F. M. Guess, X. Huang, and C. -H. Chen.  2017.  BioResources, 12(3):4754-4775.

Taguchi robust product design for lignin yield maximization in organosolv fractionation of mixed biorefinery feedstocks Astner, A.F., T. M. Young, and J. J. Bozell.  2015.  Biomass and Bioenergy, 73(2):209-216. [Abstract]

Catalysis for conversion of biorefinery lignin to high value chemicals structural and computational analysis for improved catalyst design.  Bozell, J. J., T. Elder, B. Bionic, D. Cedeno, S. Chatterjee, K. Cheng, and C. Njiojob.  2015.  18th International Symposium on Wood, Fiber and Pulping Chemistry, BOKU, Vienna, Austria.

Estimating the Cost of Feedstock for a Hypothetical Bio-refinery: A Case Study in Mississippi.  English, B. C., L. He, T. E. Yu, R. J. Menard, and B. S. Wilson.  2015.  Paper presented and abstract published in proceedings, at the 2015 Sun Grant Conference, Auburn, AL, February 2-4. (Abstract).

Developing an integrated biorefinery: potentials of switchgrass extractives.  Labbe, N., J. Tao, L. M. Kline, A. Bruce, B. H. Ownley, K. D. Gwinn, D. H. D'Souza, and N. Moustaid-Moussa.  2015.  Sun Grant Regional Conf on Southern Crossroads: Progress in the Science & Technology of Biomass, February 2-4, Auburn, AL.

Approaches to selective catalytic conversion of lignin: a grand challenge for biorefinery development.  Bozell, J. J.  2014.  Topics in Current Chemistry, 353: 229-256.

Integrating separation and conversion conversion of biorefinery process streams to biobased chemicals and fuels.  Bozell, J. J., A. Astner, D. Baker, B. Biannic, D. Cedeno, T. Elder, O. Hosseinaei, L. Delbeck, J. W. Kim, C. J. O'Lenick, and T. M. Young.  2014.  Biomass and Bioenergy, 7(3):856-866. [Abstract]

Economic Impact of a Renewable Fuels Biorefinery Expansion: A Case Study in Mississippi.  English, B. C., L. He, T. E. Yu, R. J. Menard, and B. S. Wilson.  2014.  Paper presented at INFORMS Annual Meeting: Bridging Data and Decisions in Integrating High Resolutio, San Francisco, November. (Abstract).