Ryan West

Status: Graduated 2009 (Ph.D.)

Research Area :Aqueous Phase Processing, Solid Acid Catalysis, Supported Metal Catalysis, Renewable Fuels and Commodity Chemicals from Biomass

Hometown: Peshtigo, WI

Undergraduate Studies: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Chemistry

Research Summary:

Catalytic processing of biomass for the production of commodity chemicals and renewable fuels. Kinetic modeling of fundamental catalytic phenomena.


Bond, Jesse Q.; Alonso, David Martin; West, Ryan M.; Dumesic, James A. gamma-Valerolactone Ring-Opening and Decarboxylation over SiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) in the Presence of Water. Langmuir (2010), 26(21), 16219-16298.

Serrano-Ruiz, Juan Carlos; Braden, Drew J.; West, Ryan M.; Dumesic, James A. Conversion of cellulose to hydrocarbon fuels by progressive removal of oxygen. Applied Catalysis B - Environmental (2010), 100(1-2), 184-189.

Lennen Rebecca M; Braden Drew J; West Ryan M; Dumesic James A; Pfleger Brian F A Process for Microbial Hydrocarbon Synthesis: Overproduction of Fatty Acids in Escherichia Coli and Catalytic Conversion to Alkanes. Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2010), 106(2), 193-202.

Bond, Jesse Q.; Alonso, David Martin.; Wang, Dong; West, Ryan M.; Dumesic James A. Integrated Catalytic Conversion of gamma-Valerolactone to Liquid Alkenes for Transportation Fuels. Science (2010), 327(5969), 1110-1114.

West, Ryan M.; Spangsberg Holm, Martin; Shunmugavel, Saravanamurugan; Xiong, Jianmin; Beversdorf, Zacharay; Taarning, Esben; Christensen, Claus Hviid. “Zeolite H-USY for the production of lactic acid and methyl lactate from C(3)-sugars.” Journal of Catalysis (2010), 269(1), 122-130.

Serrano-Ruiz, Juan Carlos; West, Ryan M.; Dumesic, James A. Catalytic Conversion of Renewable Biomass Resources to Fuels and Chemicals. Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Vol 1 (2010). 79-100. (Book chapter).

West, Ryan M.; Kunkes, Edward L.; Simonetti, Dante A.; Dumesic, James A. Catalytic conversion of biomass-derived carbohydrates to fuels and chemicals by formation and upgrading of mono-functional hydrocarbon intermediates. Catalysis Today (2009), 147(2), 115-125.

West, Ryan M.; Tucker, Mark H.; Braden, Drew J.; Dumesic, James A. Production of alkanes from biomass derived carbohydrates on bi-functional catalysts employing niobium-based supports. Catalysis Communications (2009), 10(13), 1743-1746.

Kunkes, Edward L.; Simonetti, Dante A.; West, Ryan M.; Ruiz-Serrano, Juan Carlos; Gärtner, Christian, A.; Dumesic, James A. “Catalytic conversion of biomass to monofunctional hydrocarbons and targeted liquid fuel classes.” Science, doi:10.1126/science.1159210.

West, Ryan M.; Braden, Drew J.; Dumesic, James A. “Dehydration of Butanol to Butene over Solid Acid Catalysts in High Water Environments.” Submitted Journal of Catalysis, August, 2008.

Taarning, Esben; Saravanamurugan, Shunmugavel; Holm, Martin Spangsberg; Xiong, Jianmin; West, Ryan; Christensen, Claus Hviid. Zeolite-Catalyzed Isomerization of Triose Sugars. ChemSusChem (2009), 2(7), 625-657.

West, Ryan M.; Liu, Zhen Y.; Peter, Maximilian; Dumesic, James A. “Carbon-carbon bond formation for biomass derived furfurals and ketones by aldol condensation in a biphasic system.” Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, doi:10.1016/j.molcata.2008.09.001.

West, Ryan M.; Liu, Zhen Y.; Peter, Maximilian; Dumesic, James A. “Liquid Alkanes with Targeted Molecular Weights from Biomass-Derived Carbohydrates.” ChemSusChem (2008), 1(5) 417-424.

Zhang, Zhengcheng; Lyons, Leslie J.; West, Ryan M.; Amine, Khalil; West, Robert. “Synthesis and ionic conductivity of mixed substituted polysiloxanes with oligoethyleneoxy and cyclic carbonate substituents.” Silicon Chemistry (2007), 3(5), 259-266.

Zhang, Zhengcheng; Sherlock, David; West, Ryan M.; West, Robert; Amine, Khalil; Lyons, Leslie J. “Cross-Linked Network Polymer Electrolytes Based on a Polysiloxane Backbone with Oligo(oxyethylene) Side Chains: Synthesis and Conductivity. Macromolecules (2003), 36(24), 9176-9180.