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Katherine has worked as a chemical process and controls engineer in the Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since 2007, focusing on safe, pilot-scale research of various technologies that enable renewable biomass to be converted to liquid fuels and chemicals. Her expertise includes:

  • Pilot-scale process design, installation, and startup

  • Design, installation, and programming of instrumentation and control systems

  • Pilot-plant experiment planning and operations

  • Data analysis and reporting

  • Process optimization

  • Process equipment design

  • Process safety management, management of change, process hazard analysis (PHA) and hazard and operability analysis (HAZOP), and layers of protection with regard to engineering controls

Please contact me with research questions, ideas for collaborations, and questions about projects related to my research interests at NREL. Please do NOT contact me directly for jobs—see instead information on NREL's Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship program or on NREL Careers in general. 

Research Interests

Biomass fast pyrolysis including catalytic upgrading

Biomass gasification and catalytic gas cleanup

Fluidized beds and circulating fluidized beds

Unit operations associated with thermochemical and catalytic conversion of biomass

Pilot plant design, operations, and optimization

Professional Experience

Chemical Process & Controls Engineer, NREL, 2007–present

Controls Engineer, Applied Control Engineering, 2000–2006

Process Engineer, National Starch and Chemical, 1997–1999

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware


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