Personal Profile

Ryan Davis is a group manager and process research engineer on NREL’s Economic, Sustainability, and Market Analysis team. His main focus is on techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment for biomass conversion technology pathways, primarily to hydrocarbon biofuel products. Currently Ryan coordinates techno-economic analysis modeling and analysis efforts for biochemical conversion strategies via lignocellulosic sugars as well as algal biomass projects, including efforts on fermentative and catalytic conversion pathways for cellulosic sugars to hydrocarbon intermediates as well as engineering and cost-analysis activities for the production and conversion of algal biomass to fuels and coproducts. Ryan started working at NREL in 2009; prior to that he worked as a process engineer in the energy and refining industry. Ryan holds a license as a professional engineer and serves as an associate editor for the journal Biotechnology for Biofuels

Research Interests

Process modeling and equipment design

Techno-economic analysis (TEA)

Life cycle assessment

Biochemical conversion process pathways

Algal biomass production and conversion pathways

Hydroprocessing technologies

Professional Experience

Research Engineer IV, Biorefinery Analysis Section, NREL (2009–present)

Process Engineer, Global Energy Group, CH2M Hill (2008–2009)

Process Engineer, Technology Marketing Designs Group, Chevron (2007–2008)

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Chemical/Environmental Engineering (dual degree), University of Colorado


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