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Quang Nguyen

PDU Group Lead

Research Areas:
Bioenergy Technologies

Biography:
Quang Nguyen is Process Development Unit Group Leader at Idaho National Laboratory. He is a pioneer in cellulosic ethanol process technology and has managed many innovative R&D projects in the production of ethanol, chemicals, and feed from lignocellulosic biomass. He has 39 years' experience in process design and optimization, plant/equipment design, plant startup and operation. He earned his M.B.A., Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering at Canada’s University of Ottawa. He holds 18 patents and 13 patent applications related to bioconversion process and equipment design for the production of ethanol, chemicals and feed from biomass. Before joining INL he was Scientist General Manager of Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Education:

​M.B.A., Project Management - University of Ottawa

M.S., Chemical Engineering - University of Ottawa

B.S., Chemical Engineering - University of Ottawa

Affiliations:

​Professional Engineer, registered in Colorado and Ontario

AIChE

TAPPI

Publications:

​A Simplified Method for the Measurement of Insoluble Solids in Pretreated Biomass Slurries.  Article in Applied Biochemical Biotechnology (2010) 162:975-987. Noah D. Weis, Jonathan J. Stickel, Jeffrey L. Wolfe, and Quang A. Nguyen.

 

Conversion of bark-rich biomass mixture into fermentable sugar by two-stage dilute acid-catalyzed hydrolysis.  Article in Bioresource Technology 96(11):1249-55 · August 2005. Kyoung Heon Kim, Melvin Tucker, Quang Nguyen.

 

Review of process for producing corn fiber oil and ethanol from "Quick Fiber". Article in International Sugar Journal 107(1275) · March 2005. Bruce Dien, Nick Nagle, Vijay Singh, Robert A Moreau, Melvin Tucker, Nancy N Nichols, David Johnston, Michael A Cotta, Kevin B Hicks, and Quang Nguyen.

 

Conversion of Distiller's Grain into Fuel Alcohol and a Higher-Value Animal Feed by Dilute-Acid Pretreatment.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 113-116(1-3):1139-59 · February 2004. Melvin P Tucker, Nicholas J Nagle, Edward W Jennings, Kelly Ibsen, Andy Aden, Quang Nguyen, Kyoung H Kim, and Sally L Noll.

 

Fermentation of "Quick Fiber" Produced from a Modified Corn-Milling Process into Ethanol and Recovery of Corn Fiber.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 113-116(1):937-49 · February 2004. Bruce Dien, Nick Nagle, Kevin B Hicks, Vijay Singh, Robert A Moreau, Melvin P Tucker, Nancy N Nichols, David Johnston, Michael A Cotta, Quang Nguyen, and Rodney Bothast.

 

Microbial Pretreatment of Biomass: Potential for Reducing Severity of Thermochemical Biomass Pretreatment.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 105 -108(1-3):27-41 · February 2003. Fred A Keller, Jenny E Hamilton, and Quang Nguyen.

 

Effects of Temperature and Moisture on Dilute-Acid Steam Explosion Pretreatment of Corn Stover and Cellulase Enzyme Digestibility.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 105 -108(1-3):165-77 · February 2003. Melvin P Tucker, Kyoung H Kim, Mildred M Newman, and Quang Nguyen.

 

Effects of Pressing Lignocellulosic Biomass on Sugar Yield in Two-Stage Dilute-Acid Hydrolysis Process.  Article in Biotechnology Progress 18(3):489-94 · May 2002. Kyoung Heon Kim, Melvin P Tucker, and Quang Nguyen.

 

Effects of Operating Parameters on Countercurrent Extraction of Hemicellulosic Sugars from Pretreated Softwood.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 98-100(1-9):147-59 · February 2002. Kyoung Heon Kim, Melvin P Tucker, and Quang Nguyen.

 

Sugar Recovery and Fermentability of Hemicellulose Hydrolysates from Steam-Exploded Softwoods Containing Bark.  Article in Biotechnology Progress 17(5):887-92 · October 2001.A Boussaid, YJ Cai, J Robinson, DJ Gregg, Quang Nguyen, and Jack Saddler.

 

Fourier Transform Infrared Quantitative Analysis of Sugars and Lignin in Pretreated Softwood Solid Residues.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 91-93(1-9):51-61 · March 2001. Melvin P Tucker, Quang Nguyen, Fannie P Eddy, Kiran L Kadam, Lynn M Gedvilas, and John D Webb.

 

Continuous Countercurrent Extraction of Hemicellulose from Pretreated Wood Residues.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 91-93(1-9):253-67 · February 2001. Kyoung Heon Kim, Melvin P Tucker, Fred A Keller, Andy Aden, and Quang Nguyen.

 

Two-Stage Dilute-Acid Pretreatment of Softwoods.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 84-86(1-9):561-76 · February 2000. Quang Nguyen, Melvin P Tucker, Fred A Keller, Fannie P Eddy.

 

Fourier Transform Infrared Quantification of Sugars in Pretreated Biomass Liquors.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 84-86(1-9):39-50 · February 2000. Melvin P Tucker, Ragheed K Mitri, Fannie P Eddy, Quang Nguyen, Lynn M Gedvilas, and John D Webb.

 

Softwood Forest Thinnings as a Biomass Source for Ethanol Production: A Feasibility Study for California.  Article in Biotechnology Progress 16(6):947-57 · January 2000. Kiran L Kadam, Robert J Wooley, Andy Aden, Quang Nguyen, Mark A. Yancey, and Francis M Ferraro.

 

Bioconversion of mixed solids waste to ethanol.  Conference Paper in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology · March 1999.  Conference: 20th Symposium on biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Volume: 77-9. Quang Nguyen, FA Keller, MP Tucker, CK Lombard, BM Jenkins, DE Yomogida, and Valentino M Tiangco.

 

Dilute Acid Hydrolysis of Softwoods (Scientific Note).  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 77(1-3) · March 1999. Quang Nguyen, Melvin P Tucker, Fred A Keller, Delicia A Beaty, Kevin M Connors, and Fannie P Eddy.

 

Comparison of yellow poplar pretreatment between NREL Digester and Sunds Hydrolyzer.  Article in Appl Biochem Biotechnol (1988) 70:25. M.P. Tucker, J.D. Farmer, F.A. Keller, D.J. Schell, Q.A. Nguyen.

 

Pretreatment of Softwood by Acid-Catalyzed Steam Explosion Followed by Alkali Extraction. Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 70-72(1):17-24 · March 1998. Dan Schell, Quang Nguyen, Melvin Tucker, Brian Boynton.

 

Yeast Adaptation on Softwood Prehydrolysate.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 70-72(1):137-48 · February 1998. Fred Keller, Delicia Bates, Ray Ruiz, and Quang Nguyen.

 

Dilute Acid Pretreatment of Softwoods Scientific Note.  Article in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 70-72(1):77-87 · January 1998. Quang Nguyen, Melvin Tucker, Brian Boynton, and Daniel Schell.

 

NREL/DOE ethanol pilot-plant: Current status and capabilities.  Article in Bioresource Technology 58(2):189-196 · November 1996. Quang Nguyen, J.H. Dickow, B.W. Duff, J.D. Farmer, D.A. Glassner, Kelly Ibsen, Mark F. Ruth, Daniel Schell, Ian B. Thompson, and Melvin P. Tucker.

 

Analysis of solids resulted from dilute-acid pretreatment of ligncellulosic biomass.  Article in Biotechnology Techniques, January 1995, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 25-28. T. Hsu, Q. Nguyen.

 

Design, Installation, and Operation of a Lignocellulosic Biomass-to-Ethanol Pilot Plant.  NREL/TP-423-6967.  Bioenergy ’94 Proceedings of the 6th National Bioenergy Conference, October 2-6, 1994, Reno-Sparks, Nevada. Nguyen Q., Duff B., Schell D., and Dickow J.

 

Computer Applications in Biotechnology: Description of Data Acquisition and Control System for a New Lignocellulosic Biomass-to-Ethanol Pilot Plant.  NREL/TP-423-6643.  Proceedings of the First Asian Control Conference, 27-30 July 1994, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 311-313. B.W. Duff, I.B Thompson, D.J. Schell, Q.A. Nguyen, P. Wrdene, and J.H. Dickow.

 

An integrated model for the technical and economic evaluation of an enzymatic biomass conversion process.  Article in Bioresource Technology 35(3):275-282 · December 1991. Quang Nguyen, Jack Saddler.

Patents:

​Quang A. Nguyen, Murray J. Burke, Sunalie N. Hillier, 2015, "Method and apparatus for treating a cellulosic feedstock," Patent 9,127,325 B2, September 8, 2015.


Quang A. Nguyen, Weidong He, Leroy D. Holmes, 2015, "Methods for controlling pretreatment of biomass," Patent 9,115,214 B2, August 25, 2015.


Quang A. Nguyen, Sunalie H. Hillier, Murray J. Burke, 2015, "Method and apparatus for conveying a cellulosic feedstock," Patent 9,033,133 B2, May 19, 2015.


Murray J. Burke, Sunalie N. Hillier, Quang A. Nguyen, 2015, "Method and apparatus for conveying a cellulosic feedstock,"Patent 9,010,522 B2, April 21, 2015.


Murray J. Burke, Sunalie N. Hillier, Quang A. Nguyen, 2015, "Method and apparatus for conveying a cellulosic feedstock,"Patent 9,004,742 B2, April 14, 2015.


Aziz Ahmed, Quang A. Nguyen, 2015, "Process for recovery of values from a fermentation mass obtained in producing ethanol and products thereof," Patent 8,956,460 B2, February 17, 2015.


Quang A. Nguyen, Sunalie H. Hillier, Murray J. Burke, 2014, "Method and apparatus for conveying a cellulosic feedstock," Patent 8,915,644 B2, December 23, 2014.


Quang A. Nguyen, Sunalie H. Hillier, Murray J. Burke, 2014, "Method and apparatus for conveying a cellulosic feedstock," Patent 8,911,557 B2, December 16, 2014.


Quang A. Nguyen, Sunalie H. Hillier, Murray J. Burke, 2014, "Method and apparatus for conveying a cellulosic feedstock," Patent 8,900,370 B2, December 2, 2014.


Quang A. Nguyen, Sunalie H. Hillier, Murray J. Burke, 2014, "Method and apparatus for treating a cellulosic feedstock," Patent 8,778,084 B2, July 15, 2014.


Quang A. Nguyen, 2013, "Method for producing ethanol and co-products from cellulosic biomass," Patent 8,545,633 B2, October 1, 2013.


Murray J. Burke et al., 2013, "Method and apparatus for treating a cellulosic feedstock," Patent 8,449,680 B2, May 28, 2013.

Quang A. Nguyen, Fred A. Keller, Melvin P. Tucker, 2003, "Ethanol production with dilute acid hydrolysis using partially dried lignocellulosics," Patent 6,660,506 B2, December 9, 2003.


Fred A. Keller, Jr., Quang A. Nguyen, 2002, "Pentose fermentation of normally toxic lignocellulose prehydrolysate with strain of Pichia stipitis using air," Patent 6,498,029 B2, December 24, 2002.


Quang A. Nguyen, Melvin P. Tucker, 2002, "Dilute acid/metal salt hydrolysis of lignocellulosics," Patent 6,423,145 B1, July 23, 2002.


Quang A. Nguyen, 1999, "Tower REactors for Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Material," Patent 5,888,806, March 31, 1998.


Quang A. Nguyen, 1998, "Tower REactors for Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Material," Patent 5,733,758, March 31, 1998.

 

Quang A. Nguyen, 1993, "Continuous leaching of lignin or hemicellulose and lignin from steam pretreated lignocellulosic particulate material," Canada Patent 1,322,366, September 21, 1993.

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