The 2019 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science to be bestowed on Dr Douglas Elliott

Douglas Elliott to be recognised for his innovation and leadership in the science of thermochemical biomass conversion

Dr Douglas Elliott will receive the award on 7 October at the tcbiomassplus2019 conference in Rosemont, IL., US.
Dr Douglas Elliott will receive the award on 7 October at the tcbiomassplus2019 conference in Rosemont, IL., US.

GTI announced that Dr Douglas (Doug) Elliott will be presented with the 2019 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science. The award is a tribute to the notable Dr Donald L Klass, who was president and one of the original founders of the Biomass Energy Research Association (BERA).

Dr Elliott has earned this recognition over his long and distinguished career in bioenergy, which has helped break new ground in the development of renewable fuels and chemicals from biomass and waste. He will receive the award on 7 October at the tcbiomassplus2019 conference in Rosemont, IL., US.

Dr Elliott holds a BS in chemistry from Montana State University, an MBA in operations and systems analysis from the University of Washington, and a PhD in catalytic hydroprocessing of bio-oils of different types from the University of Groningen.

Prior to his recent retirement, Dr Elliott spent more than 44 years at PNNL performing contract research, where he earned the distinction of Laboratory Fellow. His research primarily covered high-pressure batch and continuous-flow processing reactor systems, usually involving catalysis. Currently, he is involved in the development of a process consulting business focused on thermochemical biomass conversion.

Dr Elliott has authored, or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is recognised as an inventor on 27 US patents and holds numerous related foreign patents. Dr Elliott has been named on three R&D 100 awards for technology development, two awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2018, he received the Johannes Linneborn prize for achievement in biomass developments, awarded at the 26th EUBCE in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr Elliott has also demonstrated his leadership in the area of bioenergy by his active participation in IEA Bioenergy, an international organisation focused on improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment, and his seven years of service as task leader for Task 34 on Pyrolysis.

Doug has contributed immeasurably to the field of thermochemical conversion research,” says Vann Bush, tcbiomassplus2019 conference co-chair and president of SunGas Renewables. “His career embodies the excellence and dedication we search for in Don Klass awardees.”

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