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Corinne Drennan

Corinne Drennan

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

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

2017

  • 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

2016

  • Jones S.B., L.J. Snowden-Swan, P.A. Meyer, A.H. Zacher, M.V. Olarte, H. Wang, and C. Drennan. 2016. Fast Pyrolysis and Hydrotreating: 2015 State of Technology R&D and Projections to 2017. PNNL-25312. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2015

  • Jones S.B., L.J. Snowden-Swan, P.A. Meyer, A.H. Zacher, M.V. Olarte, and C. Drennan. 2015. Fast Pyrolysis and Hydrotreating: 2014 State of Technology R&D and Projections to 2017. PNNL-24176. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2014

  • Boardman R.D., K.G. Cafferty, C. Nichol, E.M. Searcy, T. Westover, R. Wood, and M.D. Bearden, et al. 2014. Logistics, Costs, and GHG Impacts of Utility Scale Cofiring with 20% Biomass. PNNL-23492. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Jones S.B., L.J. Snowden-Swan, P.A. Meyer, A.H. Zacher, M.V. Olarte, and C. Drennan. 2014. Fast Pyrolysis and Hydrotreating 2013 State of Technology R&D and Projections to 2017. PNNL-23294. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Jones S.B., Y. Zhu, D.B. Anderson, R.T. Hallen, D.C. Elliott, A.J. Schmidt, and K.O. Albrecht, et al. 2014. Process Design and Economics for the Conversion of Algal Biomass to Hydrocarbons: Whole Algae Hydrothermal Liquefaction and Upgrading. PNNL-23227. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Tews I.J., Y. Zhu, C. Drennan, D.C. Elliott, L.J. Snowden-Swan, K. Onarheim, and Y. Solantausta, et al. 2014. Biomass Direct Liquefaction Options: TechnoEconomic and Life Cycle Assessment. PNNL-23579. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2013

  • Freeman C.J., S.B. Jones, A.B. Padmaperuma, D.M. Santosa, C. Valkenburg, and J. Shinn. 2013. Initial Assessment of U.S. Refineries for Purposes of Potential Bio-Based Oil Insertions. PNNL-22432. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2011

  • Zhu Y., S.A. Tjokro Rahardjo, C. Valkenburt, L.J. Snowden-Swan, S.B. Jones, and M.A. Machinal. 2011. Techno-economic Analysis for the Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Liquid Fuels. PNNL-19009. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2010

  • Valkenburt C., and K.M. Fowler. 2010. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) FEMP Technical Assistance Installation Management Command Southeast (IMCOM-SE) Fast Pyrolysis Technology Demonstration Fort Bragg, North Carolina. PNNL-19866. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2009

  • Elliott D.C., G.G. Neuenschwander, T.R. Hart, L.J. Rotness, A.H. Zacher, D.M. Santosa, and C. Valkenburt, et al. 2009. Catalytic Hydrothermal Gasification of Lignin-Rich Biorefinery Residues and Algae Final Report. PNNL-18944. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Jones S.B., C. Valkenburt, C.W. Walton, D.C. Elliott, J.E. Holladay, D.J. Stevens, and C. Kinchin, et al. 2009. Production of Gasoline and Diesel from Biomass via Fast Pyrolysis, Hydrotreating and Hydrocracking: A Design Case. PNNL-18284 Rev. 1. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Jones S.B., C. Valkenburt, C.W. Walton, D.C. Elliott, J.E. Holladay, D.J. Stevens, and C. Kinchin, et al. 2009. Production of Gasoline and Diesel from Biomass via Fast Pyrolysis, Hydrotreating and Hydrocracking: A Design Case. PNNL-18284. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Jones S.B., Y. Zhu, and C. Valkenburt. 2009. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Liquid Fuels Synthesis, Volume 2: A Techno-economic Evaluation of the Production of Mixed Alcohols. PNNL-18482. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

2008

  • Valkenburt C., C.W. Walton, B.L. Thompson, M.A. Gerber, S.B. Jones, and D.J. Stevens. 2008. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Liquid Fuels Synthesis, Volume 1: Availability of Feedstock and Technology. PNNL-18144. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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