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Chemical and Biological Process Development

Miki Santosa

Miki Santosa

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Miki Santosa joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2008 after interning with Prometheus Energy Company. During the past three years with PNNL, he has been involved in various projects, both in analysis and technical side of the group. Most recently, Miki has been highly involved with the development of processes for conversion of biomass to higher value product on projects led by Alan Zacher and Douglas Elliott.

Research Interests

  • Process development- fast pyrolysis and catalytic upgrading of pyrolysis products to fuels and chemicals.
  • Biomass feedstock characterization with empirical validation utilizing PNNL’s pyrolysis conversion process.
  • Techno-Economic-Analysis (TEA) for fuels and chemicals production from biomass

Education and Credentials

  • B.S Chemical Engineering with specialization in biotechnology, University of Washington

PNNL Publications


  • Carpenter D, T Westover, DT Howe, S Deutch, A Starace, R Emerson, S Hernandez, DM Santosa, CD Lukins, and IV Kutnyakov. 2017. "Catalytic Hydroprocessing of Fast Pyrolysis Oils: Impact of Biomass Feedstock on Process Efficiency." Biomass & Bioenergy 96:142-151.  doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.09.012
  • Li Z, JS Choi, H Wang, AW Lepore, RM Connatser, S Lewis, H Meyer, DM Santosa, and AH Zacher. 2017. "Sulfur-Tolerant Molybdenum Carbide Catalysts Enabling Low-Temperature Stabilization of Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil." Energy and Fuels 31(9):9585-9594.  doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b01707


  • Agblevor F, DC Elliott, DM Santosa, MV Olarte, SD Burton, MS Swita, S Beis, K Christian, and B Sargent. 2016. "Red Mud Catalytic Pyrolysis of Pinyon Juniper and Single-Stage Hydotreatment of Oils." Energy and Fuels 30(10):7947-7958.  doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b00925
  • Ramasamy KK, MJ Gray, HM Job, DM Santosa, XS Li, A Devaraj, AJ Karkamkar, and Y Wang. 2016. "Role of Calcination Temperature on the Hydrotalcite Derived MgO-Al2O3 in Converting Ethanol to Butanol." Topics in Catalysis 59(1):46-54.  doi:10.1007/s11244-015-0504-8


  • Howe DT, T Westover, D Carpenter, DM Santosa, R Emerson, S Deutch, A Starace, IV Kutnyakov, and CD Lukins. 2015. "Field-to-Fuel Performance Testing of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks: An Integrated Study of the Fast Pyrolysis/Hydrotreating Pathway." Energy and Fuels 29(5):3188-3197.  doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b00304


  • Zacher AH, MV Olarte, DM Santosa, DC Elliott, and SB Jones. 2014. "A Review and Perspective of Recent Bio-Oil Hydrotreating Research ." Green Chemistry 16(2):885-896.  doi:10.1039/c3gc41782d
  • Zacher AH, DC Elliott, MV Olarte, DM Santosa, F Preto, and K Iisa. 2014. "Pyrolysis of Woody Residue Feedstocks: Upgrading of Bio-Oils from Mountain-Pine-Beetle-Killed Trees and Hog Fuel." Energy and Fuels 28(12):7510-7516.  doi:10.1021/ef5017945





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