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Corinne Drennan

Corinne Drennan

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Corinne Drennan is responsible for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's research portfolio on biofuels, products and energy. This portfolio includes sustainable utilization of marine, terrestrial, and waste biomass for fuels and chemicals via thermal, biological, and catalytic conversion. It also includes GIS-based resource availability analysis, TEA/LCA, algal growth parameterization and modeling, and sustainability analysis (GCAM).

Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Drennan's research focus was on process development and techo-economic analysis for gasification systems (coal and biomass), fast pyrolysis and bio oil upgrading, municipal solid waste to liquid fuels, and CO2 capture systems. Before joining PNNL, Corinne was a process engineer for Esterline Engineered Materials, for the manufacturing of high explosives.

Corinne received her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Riverside with a concentration in heterogeneous catalysis. She holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, also from UC Riverside.

Research Interests

  • Chemical and biological process development
  • Biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals
  • Energy systems analysis

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., University of California/ Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • B.S., University of California/ Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering

PNNL Publications


  • Olarte M.V., A.B. Padmaperuma, J. Ferrell, E.D. Christensen, R.T. Hallen, R.B. Lucke, and S.D. Burton, et al. 2017. "Characterization of Upgraded Fast Pyrolysis Oak Oil Distillate Fractions from Sulfided and Non-Sulfided Catalytic Hydrotreating." Fuel 202. PNNL-SA-119855. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2017.03.051









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