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Michael (Mike) Talmadge is a senior research engineer in the National Bioenergy Center at NREL. With more than 20 years of experience in fuel production technologies, Mike has spent much of his work in petroleum production and refining process technology development with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Valero Energy Corporation, Seeq Corporation, and Johnson Matthey.

During his time at NREL, Mike has supported the development of biomass-derived fuel and chemical technologies through process modeling and techno-economic analysis of biomass to fuel and chemical pathways. He has contributed to the development of strategies to incorporate biomass-derived hydrocarbon intermediates and finished fuel blendstocks into existing petroleum refining infrastructure through collaborative efforts with industry and projects at NREL. Mike has also recently led development of a techno-economic analysis platform for assessing and comparing water treatment and reuse technologies in the National Alliance for Water Innovation. 

Research Interests

Process modeling

Techno-economic analysis

Biofuels and biochemicals

Refinery co-processing

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Master, Business Administration, Villanova University


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