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David C. Dayton

Director, Biofuels

David Dayton, PhD, is a physical chemist with more than 20 years of experience as a researcher. His current research focuses on alternative fuels research, particularly synthesis gas conversion, cleanup, and conditioning, and experimental programs relating to biomass thermochemical conversion for biofuel production. As the biofuels director in RTI's Center for Energy Technology, Dr. Dayton manages projects involving biomass combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis. These R&D activities are focused on expanding integrated biorefinery technology development for biofuel production and developing strategic institutional plans to help guide future alternative fuels research and development. Previously, Dr. Dayton was a technical leader for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biomass Program's (DOE/OBP) Thermochemical Platform at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BS, Chemistry, Dickinson College.

Latest Publications

Birur, D.K., Beach, R.H., Loomis, R.J., Gallaher, M.P., & Dayton, D.C. (July 2013). Assessing environmental externalities of transportation fuels: RTI Press Publication No. RB-0004-1306. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Birur, D.K., Beach, R.H., Loomis, R.J., Chipley, S., Gallaher, M.P., & Dayton, D.C. (July 2013). Externalities of transportation fuels: Assessing trade-offs between petroleum and alternatives: RTI Press Publication No. OP-0013-1307. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Dayton, D.C., Carpenter, J., Farmer, J., Turk, B., & Gupta, R. (2013). Biomass Hydropyrolysis in a Pressurized Fluidized Bed Reactor. Energy and Fuels, 27 (7):3778-3785.
Jarvis, M.W., Daily, J.W., Carstensen, H.H., Dean, A.M., Sharma, S., Dayton, D.C., et al. (2011). Direct Detection of Products from the Pyrolysis of 2-Phenethyl Phenyl Ether. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 115 (4):428-438.
Foust, T.D., Ibsen, K.N., Dayton, D.C., Hess, J.R., & Kenney, K.E. (2008). The biorefinery. In Himmel, M.E. (Ed.), Biomass Recalcitrance: Deconstructing the Plant Cell Wall for Bioenergy . Golden, CO: Blackwell Publishing.
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