Research Chemical Engineer
- PhD, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- MS, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- BS, Chemical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Ofei Mante, PhD, has more than 10 years of experience in thermochemical conversion of a variety of biomass feedstocks. His current research and development efforts are geared toward addressing technical barriers and economic challenges related to the conversion of biomass into refinable bio-crude feedstocks and finished biofuels and biochemicals via catalytic pyrolysis and hydroprocessing.
He is also focused on developing strategies for recovering and producing marketable bioproducts based on an integrated biorefinery concept, with the aim of making a wide variety of biomass-derived intermediates that can be used in today’s processing infrastructures for liquid fuels, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, plastics, and other essentials of modern life. In addition, he is exploring the use of thermal, chemical, and innovative catalytic processes for lignin utilization and other waste streams.
Previously, Dr. Mante was a tenure-track assistant research engineer in the Sustainable Energy Technologies Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he was responsible for the program dedicated to biomass thermochemical conversion. He also played an integral role in characterization of fuel products for deployment of biofuels.