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Chemical Process Scale-Up

Applying science to enable clean energy and renewable fuels

The Chemical Process Science Group solves complex problems in chemical conversion to enable clean energy including renewable fuel production from bioenergy resources and net-zero carbon emissions from power generation.  The group consists of a diverse team of researchers with expertise in catalysis, analytical chemistry, materials science, advanced diagnostics, environmental science, computational simulations at reactor scale, separations, carbon capture, and advanced energy systems.  Research spans from the nanoscale to full-scale systems and leverages one-of-a-kind expertise and facilities at ORNL in the areas of leadership computing, neutron sciences, materials characterization, advanced manufacturing, and biosciences.

Research is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s (DOE)  Bioenergy Technologies Office, and in this office, the group leads the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry and actively participates in several program consortia including the ChemCatBio Energy Material Network, the Bioprocessing Separations Consortium, and the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium.  The group also conducts research for the Office of Fossil Energy to enable clean power generation and for the Advanced Manufacturing Office to enable energy-efficient chemical manufacturing.  Through these entities, the group focuses on challenges identified by industry to provide the highest impact for scientific research and best opportunities for tech transfer and new technology commercialization.