GTI Adds New Bioenergy Expert to Infrastructure Sector
06/26/12 Des Plaines, IL
Gas Technology Institute (GTI) announced today that Al Darzins, a leader in the field of bioenergy, has joined the company as an R&D Director. He will drive GTI’s biological-based research efforts in alternative energy, renewable fuels development and microbiologically-influenced corrosion (MIC).
"We are very excited to have Dr. Darzins join our team. His level of expertise in bioenergy research and business development is a perfect fit for GTI as we grow and bring energy solutions nationally and globally," says Eddie Johnston, Managing Director, Infrastructure Sector. "Al is an internationally recognized scientist, inventor, and speaker, and was voted one of the top 100 people in bioenergy in a Biofuels Digest Poll in 2010. We will leverage his extensive talents to bring value to our customers and benefit the natural gas industry."
Darzins has significant experience in technical, management, and business development roles in both the private and public sectors. He comes to GTI from the Biochemical Sciences & Engineering area at DuPont, where he led the Protein Engineering and Enabling Technologies groups within Biofuels.
Prior to that he was with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he managed the Applied Sciences group in the National Bioenergy Center. He provided leadership to this multidisciplinary research team responsible for developing and integrating chemical and biological technologies for the conversion of biomass to transportation fuels. His major research interest included the development of microalgae as a potential feedstock for a variety of biofuels applications. He also served as the NREL Site Director for the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) and was a Fellow in the newly established Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI).
Darzins began his career as a faculty member in the Microbiology department at Ohio State University and has since held numerous positions in the biotechnology industry. He has expertise in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, microbial genetics, and protein engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is widely published, and has been an inventor on 9 U.S. patents, with an additional 10+ pending. He holds affiliations with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB).
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