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Ross Houston, Ph.D.

Ross Houston, Ph.D.

Ross Houston is working as a Research Engineer in the Computational Devices Engineering team at NETL. He received his Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Tennessee.

His research background is in the computational modeling of thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass. He has investigated fast pyrolysis at the reactor scale using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as well as the molecular scale using density functional theory (DFT). His research interests include modeling chemically reacting systems, biomass conversion, and kinetic reaction mechanisms.

Recent publications:

Houston, R. W., & Abdoulmoumine, N. H. (2023). Investigation of the thermal deconstruction of β–β′ and 4-O-5 linkages in lignin model oligomers by density functional theory (DFT). RSC advances, 13(9), 6181-6190.

Houston, R., Oyedeji, O., & Abdoulmoumine, N. (2022). Detailed biomass fast pyrolysis kinetics integrated to computational fluid dynamic (CFD) and discrete element modeling framework: Predicting product yields at the bench-scale. Chemical Engineering Journal, 444, 136419.

Houston, R. W., Elder, T. J., & Abdoulmoumine, N. H. (2022). Investigation into the Pyrolysis Bond Dissociation Enthalpies (BDEs) of a Model Lignin Oligomer Using Density Functional Theory (DFT). Energy & Fuels, 36(3), 1565-1573.