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.

Congratulations Dr. Travis Wentworth 

Travis Wentworth defended his PhD dissertation titled "Investigations of degradation in LNT catalysts systems: from noble metal to novel perovskite materials 

Congratulations Dr. Andrew Duncan

Andrew Duncan defended his PhD dissertation titled "High-Pressure Viscosity of Biodiesel, Diesel, and Biodiesel-Diesel Blends: Experimental Data and Modeling

Congratulations Dr. Griffin Roberts

Griffin Roberts recently received honors for his PhD dissertation titled "Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Municipal Wastewater Cultivated Algae: Increasing Overall Sustainability and Value Streams of Algal Biofuels”



Recently Published

  1. Griffin W. Roberts, Belinda S. M. Sturm, Umar Hamdeh, Gabriel E. Stanton, Alejandra Rocha, Tiffany L. Kinsella, Marie-Odile P. Fortier, Shayan Sazdar, Michael S. Detamore and Susan M. Stagg-Williams. "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, (2015).
  2. Jin-Ho Yun, Val H. Smith, Frank J. deNoyelles, Griffin W. Roberts, and Susan M. Stagg-Williams. “Freshwater Macroalgae as a Biofuels Feedstock: Mini-review and Assessment of their Bioenergy Potential”, Industrial Biotechnology, 10 (3), 212-220 (2014).
  3. Marie-Odile P Fortier, Griffin W Roberts, Susan M Stagg-Williams, and Belinda Sturm, “Life Cycle Assessment of Bio-Jet Fuel from Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Microalgae”, Applied Energy, 122, 73-82 (2014).
  4. Elizabeth G. Mahoney, Julia M. Pusel, Susan M. Stagg-Williams, and Sepideh Faraji, “The Effects of Pt Addition to Supported Ni Catalysts on Dry (CO2) Reforming of Methane to Syngas”, Journal of CO2 Utilization, 6, 40-44 (2014).
  5. Christopher Depcik, Sudarshan Loya, Anand Srinivasan, Travis Wentworth, and Susan Stagg-Williams, Adaptive Global Carbon Monoxide Kinetic Mechanism over Platinum/Alumina Catalysts, Catalysts, 3 (2), 517-542 (2013).

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