Allison Ray, Ph.D.
Research Excellence Lead for Science & Technology
Biography: Allison Ray is the Research Excellence Lead for Science & Technology. In this role, she assists Dr. Marianne Walck, Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology and Chief Research Officer, with various laboratory and corporate initiatives for improving research outcomes, and in executing strategy to continuously improve the quality, impact and relevance of INL research. Allison comes from the Chemistry and Radiation Measurement Department, where she works on programs funded through DOE EERE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Allison has expertise in biomass science and feedstock logistics, focusing on feedstock cost reduction, and understanding and managing feedstock variability and quality for effective biochemical and thermochemical conversion into fuels and chemicals. Currently, she leads the Feedstock Variability Task as part of BETO’s Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC), representing a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers across six national laboratories, including INL, NREL, LBNL, LANL, ORNL, and SNL. Allison graduated with a Ph.D. in environmental microbiology from Idaho State University. Her dissertation focused on microbially-mediated metals reduction for bioremediation of metals and radionuclides in subsurface environments. She also earned her MS and BS in Agricultural & Biological Engineering from Purdue University.
V. Thompson, A.E. Ray, A. Hoover, et al. (2019). "Assessment of municipal solid waste for valorization into biofuels," Environ Prog Sustainable Energy; https://doi.org/10.1002/ep.13290.
A. Hoover, R. Emerson, J. Hansen, D. Hartley, A.E. Ray (2019). "Drought impacts on bioenergy supply system risk and biomass composition," in Drought (Aridity), InTech, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.85295.
A. Narani, N. Konda, C.-S. Chen, F. Tachea, P. Coffman, J. Gardner, C. Li, A.E. Ray, et al. (2019). "Simultaneous application of predictive model and least cost formulation can substantially benefit biorefineries outside Corn Belt in United States: A case study in Florida. Bioresour. Technol.," 271: 218-227.
A.E. Ray, S.A. Connon, A.L. Neal, Y. Fujita, et al. (2018). "Metal Transformation by a Novel Pelosinus Isolate from a Subsurface Environment. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9:1689.
L. Ou, G. Luo, A. Ray, C. Li, H. Hu, S. Kelley, S. Park (2018). "Understanding the impacts of biomass blending on the uncertainty of hydrolyzed sugar yield from a stochastic perspective," ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6(8):10857-10860.
A. Hoover*, R. Emerson, A. Ray, D. Stevens, et al. (2018). "Impact of Drought on Chemical Composition and Sugar Yields from Dilute-acid Pretreatment and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Miscanthus, a Tall Fescue Mixture, and Switchgrass," Frontiers in Energy Research, 6:54.
L.M. Wendt, J.A. Murphy, W.A. Smith, T. Robb, D.W. Reed, A.E. Ray, et al. (2018). "Compatibility of High-Moisture Storage for Biochemical Conversion of Corn Stover: Storage Performance at Laboratory and Field Scales." Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 6(30).
A. Narani, P. Coffman, J. Gardner, C. Li, A.E. Ray, et al. (2017). "Predictive modeling to de-risk bio-based manufacturing by adapting to variability in lignocellulosic biomass supply," Bioresour. Technol. 243, 676-685.
L. Das, E. Liu, A. Saeed, D.W. Williams, H. Hu, C. Li, A.E. Ray, J. Shi. (2017). "Industrial hemp as a potential bioenergy crop in comparison with kenaf, switchgrass, and biomass sorghum," Bioresour. Technol. 244 (Part 1):641-649.
A.E. Ray, C. Li, et al. (2017). "Biomass Blending and Densification: Impacts on Feedstock Supply and Biochemical Conversion Performance," Biomass Volume Estimation and Valorization for Energy. InTech.
E.J. Wolfrum, N.J. Nagle, R.M. Ness, D.J. Peterson, A.E. Ray, D.M. Stevens (2017). "The effect of biomass densification on structural sugar release and yield in biofuel feedstock and feedstock blends," BioEnergy Res. 10 (2): 478-487.