Jack Ferrell

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Jack Ferrell manages tasks on CO2 utilization and on analytical standardization for pyrolysis oil.

Research Interests

CO2 utilization: conversion of CO2 into value-added products by both electrochemical and thermochemical pathways.

Standardization of analytical techniques for the analysis of bio-oils.

Electrochemical upgrading of biomass-derived intermediates.

Areas of Expertise

Analytical chemistry: Gas chromatography, Liquid chromatography, Mass spectrometry, Titrations, Nuclear magnetic resonance, Thermal gravimetric analysis

Electrochemical technologies: Low temperature; solid polymer electrolytes, both proton-conducting and alkaline-exchange membranes. Intermediate and high temperature; both proton-conducting and oxygen-anion-conducting ceramic membranes

Heterogeneous catalysis: Gas to liquids, Kinetics and reaction mechanisms, Physical and chemical characterization, Metal sulfides, Polyoxometallates

Reactor scale-up and validation

Professional Experience

Staff Engineer, Thermochemical Catalysis R&D, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Bioenergy Center (NBC), 2012–present

Temporary Engineer, Thermochemical Catalysis R&D, NREL, NBC, 2011–2012

Postdoctoral Associate, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Energy Systems Dynamics and Separations & Fuels Processing Divisions, 2010–2011

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Bachelor, Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia


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