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Igor Kutnyakov

Igor Kutnyakov

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Igor Kutnyakov worked 12 years as research scientist at the Scientific Production Association (SPA) “Typhoon,” in Obninsk, Russia. He joined Battelle in 1998 as a visiting scientist. He is a Senior Technician in the Geosciences Group currently, a position he has held since being reclassified from the position of Science and Engineering Associate in 2003. I.Kutnyakov has more than 28 years of experience studying of radionuclide behavior in soil, subsoil, bottom sediment (migration in soil, contaminated soil leaching, transport phenomena, and sorption-desorption processes). Since 2011 he has worked mainly in other groups, supporting such projects as Carbon capture process for post-combustion emissions cleanup, using new generation of CO2 –Binding Organic Liquid(s), CO2-BOL., Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) synthesis, Fast pyrolysis and bio-oil production, and some others.

Research Interests

  • Behavior and fate of radionuclides in soil and sediment
  • Chemical characterization of soils
  • Sorption-desorption studies
  • General laboratory techniques for solid/liquid wet chemistry
  • Behavior of radionuclides in soils (sediments)
  • Data processing
  • Field mapping
  • Soil, water, plant and bottom sediments sampling

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Soil Science, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 1985

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
  • Davidson SD, KA Spies, D Mei, L Kovarik, IV Kutnyakov, XS Li, V Dagle, KO Albrecht, and RA Dagle. 2017. "Steam Reforming of Acetic Acid over Co-supported Catalysts: Coupling Ketonization for Greater Stability." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 5(10):9136-9149.  doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b02052


  • Das AK, VRS Vemuri, IV Kutnyakov, BP McGrail, and RK Motkuri. 2016. "An Efficient Synthesis Strategy for Metal-Organic Frameworks: Dry-Gel Synthesis of MOF-74 Framework with High Yield and Improved Performance." Scientific Reports 6(28050):, doi:10.1038/srep28050


  • 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


  • Zhang J, IV Kutnyakov, PK Koech, A Zwoster, CJ Howard, F Zheng, CJ Freeman, and DJ Heldebrant. 2013. "CO2-Binding-Organic-Liquids-Enhanced CO2 Capture using Polarity-Swing-Assisted Regeneration." Energy Procedia 37:285-291.  doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2013.05.113
  • Koech PK, J Zhang, IV Kutnyakov, L Cosimbescu, SJ Lee, ME Bowden, TD Smurthwaite, and DJ Heldebrant. 2013. "Low viscosity alkanolguanidine and alkanolamidine liquids for CO2 capture." RSC Advances 3(2):556 - 572.  doi:10.1039/C2RA22801G
  • Mathias PM, K Afshar, F Zheng, MD Bearden, CJ Freeman, T Andrea, PK Koech, IV Kutnyakov, A Zwoster, AR Smith, PG Jessop, OG Nik, and DJ Heldebrant. 2013. "Improving the Regeneration of CO2-Binding Organic Liquids with a Polarity Change." Energy and Environmental Science 6(7):2233-2242.  doi:10.1039/C3EE41016A


  • Peretyazhko T, JM Zachara, RK Kukkadapu, SM Heald, IV Kutnyakov, CT Resch, BW Arey, CM Wang, L Kovarik, JL Phillips, and DA Moore. 2012. "Pertechnetate (TcO4-) reduction by reactive ferrous iron forms in naturally anoxic, redox transition zone sediments from the Hanford Site, USA." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 92:48-66. 










  • Kaplan DI, RJ Serne, KE Parker, and IV Kutnyakov. 2000. "Iodide sorption to subsurface sediments and illitic minerals." Environmental Science and Technology 34(3):399-405 . 

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