Eric Tan

Research Activity per Year


Research Interests

Conceptual process design, economics, and sustainability for conversion of biomass to biofuels and chemicals

Renewable and sustainable energy

Green engineering

Carbon nano-structures, fuel cell, hydrogen production, kinetic modeling, and heterogeneous catalysis

Techno-economic analysis

Sustainability and life-cycle analysis (SimaPro, Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation [GREET] Model)

Process design and modeling (Aspen Plus, Aspen HYSYS)

Heterogeneous catalysis

Mechanistic-assist design of catalysts

Mechanism elucidation

Catalyst characterization

Kinetic modeling (Langmuir—Hinselwood—Hougen—Watson [LHHW], CHEMKIN)

Carbon deposition on metal and alloy surfaces

Hydrogen production (steam methane reforming [SMR], partial oxidation [POX], autothermal reformer [ATR])

Fuel cell (proton exchange membrane [PEM], solid oxide fuel cell [SOFC])

Professional Experience

Senior Research Engineer, Biorefinery Analysis Team, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Bioenergy Center, 2009–present

Senior Process Engineer, Linde Process Plants, Inc. (a member of the Linde Group), 2007–2009

Development Engineer, Delphi Catalyst, 2003–2007

Fuel Cell Engineer, Plug Power, 2000–2003

Research Engineer, Wright Materials Research Co., 1999–2000

Research Staff, Northeastern University, 1997–1999

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Akron

Master, Chemical Engineering, University of Akron

Bachelor, Chemical Engineering, University of Akron


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