Biorefinery Research

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Stephen C. Chmely
Research Assistant Professor
Biomass conversion technologies

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products



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


(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.

(2 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.

(1 mention)

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


Recent Publications

Biobased Surfactants: Overview and Industrial State-of-the-Art.  Hayes, D. G., and G. A. Smith.  2019.  Biobased Surfactants: Synthesis, Properties and Applications (2nd Ed), Edited by D. G. Hayes, D. K. Y. Solaiman, and R. D. Ashby, Elsevier Press, pp. 3-38. [Abstract]

Stochastic Optimization of Cellulosic Biofuel Supply Chain under Feedstock Yield Uncertainty.  Sharma, B. P., T. E. Yu, B. C. English, C. Boyer, and J. A. Larson.  2019.  Energy Procedia, 158: 1009-1014. [Abstract]

Cost and Profitability Analysis of a Prospective Pennycress to Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chain in Southern USA Trejo-Pech, C., J. A. Larson, B. C. English, and T. E. Yu.  2019.  Energies, 12(16): 3055. [Abstract]

Optimization of component yields and thermal properties by organosolv fractionation of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) using response surface design Bozell, J. J., A. Astner, T. M. Young, and T. G. Rials.  2018.  Bioenergy Research, 11(3):1-13. [Abstract]

Biobased Surfactants: A Useful Biorefinery Product That Can Be Prepared Using Green Manufacturing Hayes, D. G.  2018.  American Oil Chemists’ Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 6-9 May 2018. [Abstract]

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.  2018.  Catalysis Today, 302: 190-195, 2018. [Abstract]

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.

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.