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Sunday, 26 August 2007
Tom Reed


Education: BS Northwestern University, Physical Chemistry, - 1947;  PhD University of Minnesota, Physical Chemistry - 1952

Areas of Expertise: Alternate fuels; Biomass Gasification, Biomass energy and economics; High temperature techniques; Solid State Materials; Thermodynamics

Professional Experience: 1986 to 2000 Research Professor, Dept. Of Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

1977-1986 Principal Scientist, Thermochemical Research Branch, Solar Fuels and Chemicals Division of the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI, now NREL)

  • Designed and tested high pressure oxygen gasifier
  • Developed "predictive model" of downdraft gasifier
  • Made first synthetic methanol from biomass
  • Definition of biomass research programs at SERI
  • Taught engineering thermodynamics, CSM

1960-1975 Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Research Scientist

  • Taught thermodynamics in Materials Science Dept.
  • Director of Methanol Division, MIT Energy Laboratory
  • Resident crystal growth expert, development of new semiconductors and superconductors

1952-1959 Linde Division of Union Carbide - Research Scientist

  • Development of plasma devices
  • First synthetic (A) zeolite structure
  • Chemical processing
  • Synthetic diamond

1947-1948 Shell Oil Company, Research staff

  •  Installed instrumentation for oil and mineral research in new laboratory

1944-1945 United States Air Force Cadet

Professional Activities

  • President - Biomass Energy Foundation - Current
  • Director - Synthetic Fuel Research Center, 1975-78
  • Director - Methanol Fuel Division, MIT Energy Lab, 1974-75
  • Member - NSF Committee on Renewable Resources
  • Member - Battelle Sugar Plant Energy Study
  • Member - Producer Gas Roundtable, Royal Institute, Sweden
  • Member - AAAS, ACS

Professional Recognition

  • Senior Research Fellow, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Oxford University, 1965-1966
  • 1982 R&D100 award for oxygen gasifier as invention of the year
  • 1993 R&D award for Sea Sweep oil absorbent as invention of the year


  • Founder and Director of Research for Sea Sweep, Inc. A new oil spill absorbent, current business $180,000/yr
  • President Environmental Energy Alternatives, Inc., manufacturers of biodiesel from waste vegetable oil
  • Partner in New Harbors, Inc. New consumer products
  • President, Biomass Energy Foundation, a not for profit 501(c)3 org.

Patents and Publications (See below


  • Atlas of Thermal Properties of Biomass and Other Fuels, (Dekker, Spring 1998)
  • "Handbook of Biomass Downdraft Gasifier Engine Systems", the BEF PRESS
  • "Gen Gas", (Editor),  the BEF PRESS 
  • "Biomass Gasification Principles and Technology", (Editor) Noyes Press, 1981
  • Free Energy of Formation of Binary Compounds, MIT Press, 1971, republished by the BEF PRESS
  • "Thermal Properties of Biomass and Other Fuels", S. Gaur and T. Reed 1998, Springer Verlag
  • "Survey of Biomass Gasification-2001", for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), published by the BEF PRESS

Papers: Over 150 papers in the field of biomass, synthetic fuels and materials research. List available on request (see below).

Patents: Patents: Twelve in the fields of biomass, material science and high temperature technology (see below):

For a more complete bio please visit http://www.woodgas.com/T&V.htm

Mr. Reed is President of the Biomass Energy Foundation operating out of Golden, CO.  See www.woodgas.com

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