Chenlin Li

Idaho National Laboratory

(202) 586-1476

Dr. Chenlin Li is a senior research engineer at INL, she co-leads the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium with Dr. Michael Resch from NREL and serves as a liaison between the FCIC National Labs and BETO. 

Her research at INL includes the preprocessing of lignocellulosic and municipal solid waste streams for biochemical and thermochemical conversion, wet storage of lignocellulose and algae, and carbon feedstock dissolution and extractions using novel solvents systems. From 2017, Dr. Li performs a Management & Operating Detail at the Bioenergy Technologies Office in Washington, D.C., supporting the Feedstock Supply and Logistics Program. 

Prior to joining INL, Chenlin worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a research scientist and biomass deconstruction lead at the Advanced Biofuels/Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU). She completed her postdoctoral research at Sandia National Laboratories/Joint BioEnergy Institute (2008-2011) and Washington State University (2007-2008) on lignocellulosic biomass characterization using advanced spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, development of biomass deconstruction technologies, and biological conversion through fermentation and anaerobic digestion. 

Dr. Li received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Zhengzhou University, China. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, and her dissertation focused on anaerobic fermentation of wastewater and solid wastes for bio-hydrogen and ethanol production.

Michael Resch, Ph.D.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

(303) 384-6521

Dr. Michael Resch co-leads the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium with Dr. Chenlin Li from INL. He is the NREL-PI for Industry Engagement and Project Management, co-leads the FCIC R&D and outreach activities, and serves as a liaison between the FCIC National Labs and BETO.

His research at NREL includes cellulase and hemicellulase enzyme characterization, funded by the Department of Energy through the BioEnergy Science Center and the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). The optimization of biomass pretreatment and enzyme improvements lowered the cost of low-temperature biological conversion of biofuels and bioproducts. These results were demonstrated at the bench scale (milliliter) up to demonstration scale (1000s liters). He was also involved in investigating biological lignin depolymerization with the ultimate goal of upgrading lignin molecules into value-added fuels or chemicals. Lignin is an underutilized biomass component that has historically been used for heat and power in industrial settings. Converting lignin into value added products would lead to significant cost savings for next generation industrial biorefineries.  

From October 2016 to September 2017, Dr. Resch was awarded a Management & Operating (M&O) Detail at the Bioenergy Technologies Office in Washington, D.C., supporting the Advanced Algal Systems and Conversion Platforms. Dr. Resch provided technical expertise to ensure the integration of strong research and technology with industrial relevance to support BETO's R&D focus of enabling a striving bioeconomy. He was also involved in the planning and implementation of technical priorities as a member of a multi-federal agency Biomass R&D working group, which developed an “Action Plan” of R&D focus to enable a sustainable U.S. bioeconomy..

Dr. Resch received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Colorado State University. His dissertation work focused on the biophysical and structural interactions of protein and DNA.