The Stagg-Williams’ group primary focus is on the production and characterization of alternative fuels. These fuels include bio-derived liquid hydrocarbons (gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel), biodiesel, and synthesis gas (hydrogen and carbon monoxide). In addition to studying new catalysts, reaction engineering and process intensification strageties for the production of these fuels, we are actively investigating new characterization techniques to improve the measurement and prediction of feedstock and fuel properties. We are ultimately interested in correlating feedstock composition to fuel properties in order to be able to predict thermochemical properties of biofuels as well as engine performance and emission profiles.

Recently Published

  1. Hable, R. D., Alimoradi, S., Sturm, B.S.M., Stagg-Williams, S.M. (2019). Simultaneous solid and biocrude product transformations from the hydrothermal treatment of high pH-induced flocculated algae at varying Ca concentrations. Algal Research, 40.
  2. Pickett, D., Depcik, C., Stagg-Williams, S (2018), Use of glycerin by-product from biodiesel production for power generation. Journal od Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 140 (10).
  3. Fortier,M.O.P , Roberts, G.W, Stagg-Williams, S.M., Sturm, B.S.M (2017). Determination of the life cycle climate change impacts of land use and albedo change in algal biofuel production. Algal Research, 28, 270-281
  4. Wentworth, T., Loya, S., Depcik, C., & Stagg-Williams, S. (2016). Experimental, detailed, and global kinetic reaction model for NO oxidation over platinum/alumina catalysts. Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis, 117(1), 15–34.
  5. Depcik, C., Jachuck, J., Jantz, D., Kiani, F., Mangus, M., Mattson, J., Peltier, E., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2015). Influence of Fuel Injection System and Engine-Timing Adjustments on Regulated Emissions from Four Biodiesel Fuels. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2503), 20–28. doi:10.3141/2503-03
  6. Mangus, M., Kiani, F., Mattson, J., Tabakh, D., Petka, J., Depcik, C., Peltier, E., & Stagg-Williams, S. (2015). Investigating the compression ignition combustion of multiple biodiesel/ULSD (ultra-low sulfur diesel) blends via common-rail injection. Energy, 89, 932–945. doi:10.1016/
  7. Roberts, G. W., Sturm, B. S.M., Hamdeh, U., Stanton, G. E., Rocha, A., Kinsella, T. L., Fortier, M.-O. P., Sazdar, S., Detamore, M. S., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2015). Promoting catalysis and high-value product streams by in situ hydroxyapatite crystallization during hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae cultivated with reclaimed nutrients. Green Chemistry, 17(4), 2560-2569. doi:10.1039/c5gc00187k
  8. Mahoney, E. G., Pusel, J. M., Stagg-Williams, S. M., & Faraji, S. (2014). The Effects of Pt Addition to Supported Ni Catalysts on Dry (CO2) Reforming of Methane to Syngas. Journal of CO2 Utilization, 6, 40-44.
  9. Fortier, M.-O. P., Roberts, G. W., Stagg-Williams, S. M., & Sturm, B. (2014). Life Cycle Assessment of Bio-Jet Fuel from Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Microalgae. Applied Energy, 122, 73-82.
  10. Yun, J.-H., Smith, V. H., deNoyelles, F. J., Roberts, G. W., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2014). Freshwater macroalgae as a biofuels feedstock: mini-review and assessment of their bioenergy potential. Industrial Biotechnology, 10(3), 212–220.
  11. Mangus, M. D., Kiani, F., Mattson, J., Depcik, C. D., Peltier, E., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2014). Comparison of Neat Biodiesels and ULSD in an Optimized Single-Cylinder Diesel Engine with Electronically-Controlled Fuel Injection. Energy & Fuels, 28(6), 3849-3862. 


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