Ryan Davis, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Ryan W. Davis, Ph.D., is currently Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Biomass Science and Conversion Technologies Department at Sandia Laboratories in Livermore, CA.  Ryan’s research focuses on technology development for sustainable production of biobased fuels and commodities from diverse algae feedstocks and biomass residuals.  Capabilities for achieving near term market impact include algae cultivation at lab and pilot-scale, phenotypic and biochemical analysis of micro- and benthic algae feedstocks, chemical and biochemical biomass pretreatment, and development of bioconversion strains and processes.  Recent successes include biochemical conversion of algae biomass into a suite of industrially relevant chemicals and high energy density fuels, including fusel alcohols, terpenes, and fertilizers.  Ryan has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of New Mexico.  He has numerous publications for his work on biomimetic and biobased materials and was the recipient of an R&D100 and a PDP2 Outstanding Poster award for development of advanced bioanalytical methods.