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Charles Wyman

Charles Wyman

Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of California-Riverside
Charles Wyman has devoted most of his career to leading advancement of technology for biological conversion of cellulosic biomass to ethanol and other products. In the fall of 2005, Wyman joined the University of California at Riverside as a professor of chemical and environmental engineering and the Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering with a research focus on pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, and dehydration of cellulosic biomass to produce reactive intermediates for conversion to fuels and chemicals. Before joining UC-Riverside, he was the Paul E. & Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering Design at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Wyman recently founded Vertimass LLC that is devoted to commercialization of novel catalytic technology for simple one-step conversion of ethanol to fungible gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend stocks. Wyman is also co-founder and former chief development officer and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for Mascoma Corp., a startup focused on biomass conversion to ethanol and other products.