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Chemical and Biological Process Development


Rick Orth
Rick Orth, Manager the Chemical and Biological Process Development Group. Our scientists and engineers provide solutions and products to meet our clients' needs through the development of process technologies tailored to solving energy, security, and environmental problems.

We provide a full cycle of technology development-from basic research to large-scale demonstration and deployment, as well as licensing technology to industrial partners.

Research Teams

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering–develops and applies innovative catalysis and reaction engineering solutions for efficient utilization of fossil energy, conversion of biomass and renewable feedstocks to fuels and chemicals, and reduction of environmental emissions and waste streams.

Functional Multi-scale Materials–produces and functionalizes new materials, at the nanoscale, for applications such as catalysis, separations, hydrogen generation and storage and novel sensing platforms for chemical and nuclear threats.

Fungal Biotechnology–identifies and develops new technologies based on a fundamental understanding of the filamentous fungi and other eukaryotic microbes.

Microtechnology–develops and demonstrates innovative, process-intensive equipment and systems for energy, space exploration, national defense and chemicals production.

Process Engineering and Development–provides a conduit for taking science to application. Promising scientific discoveries are evaluated on the bench and pilot scales with a focus on developing energy and material balances and process flowsheets,; preliminary process economics and equipment and systems demonstrations.

Chemical and Biological Process Development staff comprise one of four technical groups within the Energy and Efficiency Division (E&ED) in the Energy & Environment Directorate (EED) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Chemical and Biological Process Development

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