Christopher P. Nicholas
Chris brings 15 years of experience in developing and scaling catalysts, catalytic processes, and process engineering in the refining industry, and is now applying that skill set to renewable chemicals.
Chris is a 25-year ACS Member and an AIChE Senior Member who earned a B.A. at Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. at Northwestern University. He is an inventor or co-inventor on greater than 100 US and/or foreign patents and the coauthor of 30+ peer-reviewed journal articles and a book chapter. Among awards received are the Herman Pines Award for Excellence in Catalysis and the SWCS Excellence in Applied Catalysis award.
Paul J. Dauenhauer
An upper Midwesterner at heart, Paul is a chemical engineer developing new technologies for converting biomass into the chemical building blocks needed for daily life. He is a serial entrepreneur with two additional successful start-ups.
Paul is Lanny & Charlotte Schmidt Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota and serves as Co-Director of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the
University of Minnesota.
Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council
Indiana Corn Marketing Council
Corn Marketing Program of Michigan
United States Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture - Phase I SBIR
Sustainable Biobased Acrylic Process From Corn-Derived Ca2+ and Ammonium Lactate Feedstocks Over Amine-Doped Zeolites
United States Department of Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office - Phase I SBIR
Potassium Exchanged FAU Zeolites for Improved Lactic to Acrylic Selectivity and Deactivation Rate for Decarbonization of the Acrylic Acid Industry
National Science Foundation
Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) - Phase I STTR
Effect of Alcohol Concentration on Lactic to Acrylic Selectivity and Deactivation Rate over Na-FAU Zeolite Catalysts