Douglas Elliott to be Recognized for his Innovation and Leadership in the Science of Thermochemical Biomass Conversion

September 30, 2019
Des Plaines, IL

GTI announces that Dr. Douglas (Doug) Elliott will be presented with the 2019 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science. The Award is a tribute to the notable Dr. Donald L. Klass, who was president and one of the original founders of the Biomass Energy Research Association (BERA). Dr. Elliott has earned this recognition over his long and distinguished career in bioenergy, which has helped break new ground in the development of renewable fuels and chemicals from biomass and waste. He will receive the award on October 7 at the tcbiomassplus2019 conference in Rosemont, IL.

Dr. Elliott holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Montana State University, an M.B.A. in Operations and Systems Analysis from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Catalytic Hydroprocessing of Bio-oils of Different Types from the University of Groningen.

Prior to his recent retirement Dr. Elliott spent more than 44 years at PNNL performing contract research, where he earned the distinction of Laboratory Fellow. His research primarily covered high-pressure batch and continuous-flow processing reactor systems, usually involving catalysis. Currently he is involved in the development of a process consulting business focused on thermochemical biomass conversion.

Dr. Elliott has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is recognized as an inventor on 27 U.S. patents and holds numerous related foreign patents. Dr. Elliott has been named on three R&D 100 awards for technology development, two awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and a Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2018 he received the Johannes Linneborn prize for achievement in biomass developments, awarded at the 26th EUBCE in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr. Elliott has also demonstrated his leadership in the area of bioenergy by his active participation in IEA Bioenergy, an international organization focused on improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programs in bioenergy research, development and deployment, and his seven years of service as Task Leader for Task 34 on Pyrolysis.

“Doug has contributed immeasurably to the field of thermochemical conversion research,” says Vann Bush, tcbiomassplus2019 conference co-chair and president of SunGas Renewables. “His career embodies the excellence and dedication we search for in Don Klass awardees.”

About tcbiomassplus2019

tcbiomassplus2019 is the sixth biennial International Conference on Thermochemical Biomass Conversion Science—an event that brings together hundreds of experts and visionaries in biomass and municipal solid waste conversion to explore advances in bioenergy from around the world. The conference takes place October 7-9, 2019 in Rosemont, IL, USA.

Registration is open, with discounts for students, and the technical program is available. Visit or contact Follow the conference on Twitter @tcbiomass and LinkedIn to find the latest event details, and use the hashtag #tcbiomass2019 for relevant social media posts.

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