Ed Wolfrum | The Powder Show 2020

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Ed WolfrumPrincipal Researcher & ManagerNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Ed is a Principal Researcher and Group Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. He currently serves as Principal Investigator of the Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC). The FCIC is a collaborative effort of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) which includes researchers from different disciplines and 8 different national laboratories to quantify, understand, and manage variability in biomass from the field through downstream conversion and to understand how feedstock composition, structure, and behavior impacts overall system performance. Ed is the overall scientific and technical leader of the FCIC, and work with all FCIC team members to ensure superior performance and alignment of all FCIC work with the vision of the FCIC.

Ed also leads the Biomass Compositional Analysis Group at NREL. This group is a team of analytical scientists and analytical chemistry technicians that provides analytical chemistry support to multiple internal and external clients and develops new analytical methods for biomass characterization. They are best-known for our standardize biomass analysis methods, known as Laboratory Analytical Procedures, or LAPs: (https://www.nrel.gov/bioenergy/biomass-compositional-analysis.html). The group regularly interacts with external stakeholders including ASTM, NIST, EPA, and multiple commercial collaborators. Ed’s research interests include developing low-cost, rapid, non-destructive analysis techniques for biomass materials using spectroscopy and multivariate statistical analysis.

Ed has B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and North Carolina State University, respectively.