2018 Beilby Medal and Prize Winner


Dr Gregg Beckham
Dr Gregg Beckham
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 

Awarded for the development of hybrid biological-catalytic and recycling processes to convert biomass and waste plastics to useful chemicals and high-value materials

 

 


About the Winner


Gregg T. Beckham is a Group Leader in the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2002, an MSCEP from MIT in 2004, and a PhD from MIT in 2007. In 2008, he joined NREL as a Staff Engineer to focus on understanding enzymatic cellulose degradation, and was promoted to Senior Engineer in 2011 and to Senior Research Fellow in 2018. 

He currently works with and leads an interdisciplinary research group of biologists, chemists, and chemical engineers to develop hybrid biological and catalytic process to convert lignocellulosic biomass to chemicals and materials. He has also recently begun working with an international team to enable a more circular materials economy through biological and catalytic conversion and upcycling of waste plastics. 

He has published nearly 140 peer-reviewed articles and was awarded the AIChE Computational Science and Engineering Forum Young Investigator Award and ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 2014, the SIMB Young Investigator Award in 2016, and the ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Lectureship in 2017. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering and is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Microbial Biotechnology.


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