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Researcher: George Huber

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Areas of Expertise
  • Applied mathematics
  • Bioscience and engineering
  • Colloids/particle technology
  • Kinetics and catalysis
  • Materials
  • Nanoscale science and engineering
  • Polymers and rheology
  • Process systems engineering
  • Reactor modeling and reaction engineering
  • Renewable energy
  • Biofuels and biochemicals
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Pyrolysis
  • Zeolites
  • Conceptual process design
  • Clean technology that allows for economical use our biomass and other sustainable resources for the production of cheap renewable gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and chemicals
  • Biorefining
  • Heterogeneous catalysis and chemical engineering to optimize biomass conversion to fuel
  • New generations of catalysts, reactors, spectroscopic and imagining tools, and computational models that are essential for understanding and controlling the chemical transformation of biomass-derived oxygenates to fuels
  • Clean catalytic technologies for the production of the full spectrum of products that are currently derived from petroleum-derived feedstocks, from renewable lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks
Web Site George Huber's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 9,242,952 - Method for selectively preparing 5-hydroxymethylfurfual (HMF) from biomass in polar aprotic solvents, issued January 2016.
  • 7,671,246 - Method to make alkanes and saturated polyhydroxy compounds from carbonyl compounds, issued March 2010.
  • 9,169,442 - Systems and processes for catalytic pyrolysis of biomass and hydrocarbonaceous materials for production of aromatics with optional olefin recycle, and catalysts having selected particle size for catalytic pyrolysis, issued October 2015.
  • 9,139,501 - Continuous process for conversion of lignin to useful compounds, issued September 2015.
  • 9,045,701 - Method of hydrotreating feeds from renewable sources with indirect heating, issued June 2015.
USPTO Published Applications
Recent Publication(s)
  • Catalytic Transformation of Lignin for the Production of Chemicals and Fuels. Li C, Zhao X, Wang A, Huber GW, Zhang T. Chem Rev. 2015 Nov 11;115(21):11559-624. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00155. Epub 2015 Oct 19. No abstract available.

  • Reverse Water-Gas Shift on Interfacial Sites Formed by Deposition of Oxidized Molybdenum Moieties onto Gold Nanoparticles. Carrasquillo-Flores R, Ro I, Kumbhalkar MD, Burt S, Carrero CA, Alba-Rubio AC, Miller JT, Hermans I, Huber GW, Dumesic JA. J Am Chem Soc. 2015 Aug 19;137(32):10317-25. doi: 10.1021/jacs.5b05945. Epub 2015 Aug 7.

  • Tuning Acid-Base Properties Using Mg-Al Oxide Atomic Layer Deposition. Jackson DH, O'Neill BJ, Lee J, Huber GW, Dumesic JA, Kuech TF. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2015 Aug 5;7(30):16573-80. doi: 10.1021/acsami.5b04107. Epub 2015 Jul 23.

  • Plasmon-enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting with size-controllable gold nanodot arrays. Kim HJ, Lee SH, Upadhye AA, Ro I, Tejedor-Tejedor MI, Anderson MA, Kim WB, Huber GW. ACS Nano. 2014 Oct 28;8(10):10756-65. doi: 10.1021/nn504484u. Epub 2014 Oct 6.

View George Huber's publications at Google Scholar.
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E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-263-0346
Current University UW–Madison
Department Chemical and Biological Engineering
Title Professor
Other Appointments
Co-founder, Anellotech
Editorial Board, ChemCatChem
Editorial Board, Energy and Environmental Sciences
Address Line 1 4631 Engineering Hall
Address Line 2 1415 Engineering Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
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Technologies Available for Licensing Converting Biomass-Derived Carbohydrates to High-Quality, Long-Chain Liquid Fuels

High Yield Method to Produce LGO from Biomass

Visible-Range Sunlight Drives CO2 Reduction Process for Cheaper Syngas

Preparing HMF from Biomass in Polar Aprotic Solvents