Joseph J. Biernacki

Tennessee Tech University

Biomass Pyrolysis Kinetics and Modeling

Next generation fuels will come, at least in part, from renewable lignocellulosic resources that do no compete directly with food supplies, have low impact on agricultural resources and low demand for artificially applied nutrients.  Our group at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) in collaboration with Dr. Tyler Lay’s group at Oklahoma State University (OSU) is applying a range of multi-scale techniques to characterize both the microstructure and kinetics of biomass materials, before, after and during pyrolysis events.  These techniques include fast gas phase characterization, micro- and nano-X-ray tomography and molecular, micro- and meso-scale modeling.  To learn more about what we are doing, we hope you will browse this site frequently and find its content instructive and useful.

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laboratory resources




    The Southern Grassroots Biofuels Project


Thanks for visiting,

J. J. Biernacki, Professor, DRE, PE



This site was made possible in-part by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. CBET-1360703.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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