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NW Biodiesel Network Monthly Meeting

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle , WA 98103
United States

Biomass and Tech Commercialization

Our national government invests enormous resources to increase our energy capacity and to reduce our dependence on imported oil through research in hydrogen and biomass-based fuels. The national laboratories partners with academia, other government agencies, and businesses to conduct research and to advance innovative technologies, then help to move the products to commercialization for public use.

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, manages 10 national laboratories around the country with one located in Richland, Washington – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL has approximately 4,700 staff and has a business volume of $881 million. So what does PNNL do? What type of research is being conducted, especially around biomass? How will their research help us develop domestic renewable energy? How can we access and benefit from their research?

The NW Biodiesel Network is pleased to present Rick Orth, Ph.D. and Eric Lund Ph.D., of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Orth and Dr. Lund will share with us the types of research conducted around biomass and how prototypes are commercialized. This is a great opportunity to learn about the process, emerging products and trends, and where biomass conversion is headed in the future.

Get your questions answered! 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Seattle Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103. Cost is Free. Information at www.nwbiodiesel.org/.

About Our Speakers

E. C. LUND, Ph.D.
Technology Commercialization Manager
Chemistry Portfolio
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dr. E.C Lund has been a technology transfer and licensing professional since 1995. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory he manages the chemistry and physical sciences portfolio of technologies.

This portfolio contains a range of intellectual property in the areas of chemical processing and catalysis including bio-based (renewables) chemistry, materials synthesis and functionalization, and supercritical fluid processing. Dr. Lund also manages select sensor technologies. Dr. Lund has licensed separate portfolios of polyols technology to two Fortune 100 companies, and overall has been responsible for ten licenses and options for PNNL’s biobased (renewable) technologies.

Prior to joining Battelle at PNNL as a commercialization manager in 2001, Dr. Lund was assistant director of technology transfer and intellectual property services at the University of California, San Diego. Previous to that, he was an assistant vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an analyst for the Washington Research Foundation at the University of Washington.

Before entering into technology transfer and licensing, Dr. Lund worked as a research chemist at several firms and also taught chemistry as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, Montana State University, and Grossmont College.

Dr. Lund received his B.S. in chemistry from Washington State University, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Lund also holds an MBA in finance and economics from the University of Washington.

Rick Orth
Technical Group Manager, Chemical and Biological Process Development Group
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Washington State University, 1988
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Washington State University, 1985
B.S., Biology, University of Washington, 1981

Dr. Orth joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1992 after working for four years for Unocal Corporation. During his career at PNNL, he has been involved in process development activities at the technical, project management and group management levels. More specifically, Dr. Orth has been involved with the development of processes for conversion of biobased materials to value-added chemicals and fuels. Examples include processes for the recovery of value-added chemicals from wheat mill feed and corn fiber. Dr. Orth is currently the Technical Group Manager of the Chemical and Biological Process Development Group. This group is comprised of over 50 staff who are involved in research and process development activities related to biochemical, thermochemical and catalytic conversion of biobased materials to value-added chemicals and fuels. The group resides in the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) that is located on the Washington State University-Tri-Cities Campus in Richland, Washington.


Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle , WA 98103
United States