Calvin Mukarakate

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Personal Profile

Calvin Mukarakate is a senior scientist at NREL. His research focuses on catalytic upgrading of lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and chemicals. He serves in the Technical Advisory Committee for the Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products. He is also a Steering Committee member of Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy, an Energy Materials Network consortium. 

Research Interests

Production of transportation fuels from biomass pyrolysis vapors

Selective conversion of biomass pyrolysis vapors to form monomers for renewable polymers

Production of hydrogen and chemical intermediates from pyrolysis aqueous waste streams

Co-processing bio-oil with petroleum-derived feeds

Catalyst fast pyrolysis of biomass to produce transportation fuels and chemicals

Reforming pyrolysis aqueous waste streams to process hydrogen, hydrocarbon fuels, and chemicals

Flash pyrolysis of biomass using an advanced captive sample reactor (wire mesh)

Laser ablation time-of-flight mass spectrometry for the analysis of biomass materials

Photoionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry for studying the pyrolysis of biomass model compounds

Professional Experience

Senior Scientist, NREL (2015–present)

Thermochemical Conversion Scientist, NREL (2011–2015)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, NREL (2008–2011)

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Physical Chemistry, Marquette University

Bachelor, Mining Engineering, University of Zimbabwe


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