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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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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).

Cost to Produce and Deliver Cellulosic Feedstock to a Biorefinery: Switchgrass and Forage Sorghum.  Griffith, A. P., F. M. Epplin, and M. Haque.  2014.  Applied Energy, 127:44-54.

Assessing Multimetric Aspects of Sustainability: Application to a Bioenergy Crop Production System in East TN.  Parish, E. S., V. H. Dale, B. C. English, S. W. Jackson, and D. D. Tyler.  2014.  Poster presented and abstracts published for, Integrated Biomass Supply System Annual Meeting, Knoxville, TN. October 8-9, 2014.

What to Do About the Cult of Statistical Significance?: An Ex-post evaluation of Ethanol Bio-Refinery Employment Impacts using the Neyman-Pearson Protocol Wojan, T.R., J. P. Brown, and D. M. Lambert.  2014.  Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy.

Economic Impacts of Using Switchgrass as a Feedstock for Ethanol Production: A Case Study Located in East Tennessee English, B. C., T. E. Yu, J. A. Larson, R. J. Menard, and Y. Gao.  2013.  Economics Research International, Volume 2013, Article ID 138485, 14 pages.

Preparation of oligo(Ricinoleic Acid Derivatives via Lipase-Catalyzed Esterification as Lubricant Additives and Star Polymers for Drug Delivery.  Hayes, D. G., V. K. Mannam, R. Ye, H. Zhao, S. Ortega, and M. C. Montiel.  2013.  104th American Oil Chemists’ Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, May 2013 (poster presentation).