Refinery 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


(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

Recycling hot-water extractions of lignocellulosic biomass in bio-refinery for synthesis of carbon nanoparticles with amplified luminescence and its application in temperature sensing Zhang, L., S. Lyu, Q. Zhang, S. C. Chmely, L. Wu, C. Melcher, K. Rajan, D. P. Harper, S. Wang, and Z. Chen.  2020.  Industrial Crops and Products.

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 Chemistsí Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 6-9 May 2018. [Abstract]

Computational fluid dynamic modeling of catalytic hydrous pyrolysis of biomass to produce refinery-ready bio-crude oil.  Houston, R.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

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.