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Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Alan Cooper has been with PNNL since 2005 working on a variety of projects related to catalysis and the conversion of renewable feedstock to fuels and chemicals. He has worked extensively on combinatorial catalysis and has experience with batch reactors as well as lab-scale continuous flow reactors.

PNNL Patents

Research Interests

  • Catalysis and reaction engineering
  • Fuels from biomass and renewable feedstock
  • Reduction of environmental emissions and waste streams
  • Chemical processes that produce higher-value chemical intermediates from synthesis gases, sugars, and oils.

Education and Credentials

  • B.S. Chemistry, Washington State University

PNNL Publications


  • Davidson S.D., J.A. Lopez-Ruiz, M.D. Flake, A.R. Cooper, Y. Elkasabi, M. Tomasi Morgano, and V. Dagle, et al. 2019. "Cleanup and Conversion of Biomass Liquefaction Aqueous Phase to C3-C5 Olefins over ZnxZryOz Catalyst." Catalysts 9, no. 11:923. PNNL-SA-148421. doi:10.3390/catal9110923
  • Davidson S.D., J.A. Lopez-Ruiz, Y. Zhu, A.R. Cooper, K.O. Albrecht, and R.A. Dagle. 2019. "Strategies to Valorize the Hydrothermal Liquefaction-Derived Aqueous Phase into Fuels and Chemicals." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 7, no. 24:19889-19901. PNNL-SA-135076. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05308


  • Albrecht K.O., R.A. Dagle, D.T. Howe, J.A. Lopez-Ruiz, S.D. Davidson, B. Maddi, and A.R. Cooper, et al. 2018. Final Report for the Project Characterization and Valorization of Aqueous Phases Derived from Liquefaction and Upgrading of Bio-Oils. PNNL-27848. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • Cai Q., J.A. Lopez-Ruiz, A.R. Cooper, J. Wang, K.O. Albrecht, and D. Mei. 2018. "Aqueous-Phase Acetic Acid Ketonization over Monoclinic Zirconia." ACS Catalysis 8, no. 1:488-502. PNNL-SA-112607. doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b03298


  • Lopez-Ruiz J.A., A.R. Cooper, G. Li, and K.O. Albrecht. 2017. "Enhanced Hydrothermal Stability and Catalytic Activity of LaxZryOz Mixed Oxides for the Ketonization of Acetic Acid in the Aqueous Condensed Phase." ACS Catalysis 7, no. 10:6400-6412. PNNL-SA-125061. doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b01071


  • Liu W., F. Zheng, J. Li, and A.R. Cooper. 2014. "An Ionic Liquid Reaction and Separation Process for Production of Hydroxymethylfurfural from Sugars." AIChE Journal 60, no. 1:300-314. PNNL-SA-88017. doi:10.1002/aic.14289


  • Sundaram S.K., B.D. Macisaac, A.R. Cooper, C.H. Tschauner, and J.J. Holbrook. 2002. Evaluation and Testing of Noble Metals Surrogates. PNNL-13681. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Evaluation and Testing of Noble Metals Surrogates

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