GTI’s Marker Will Receive Don Klass Award At Biomass Conference

April 11, 2022
GTI’s Terry Marker will be honored with the prestigious Don Klass Award at the upcoming tcbiomass2022.

GTI Senior Institute Engineer and Bioenergy Initiatives Manager Terry Marker will be presented with the prestigious 2022 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science on April 20 at tcbiomass2022, held in Denver, Colorado and co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The award is a tribute to Dr. Donald L. Klass, who was president and one of the original founders of the Biomass Energy Research Association (BERA).

Marker has five decades of experience in the bio-renewable, petroleum and petrochemical fields, where she has gained a reputation for her passion and technical creativity, according to GTI. She reportedly is a prodigious inventor with 79 U.S. patents. She earned a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois.

“Throughout her career, Terry has created and fostered non-incremental, breakthrough process technologies in the field of thermochemical conversion,” says Vann Bush, tcbiomass2022 conference chair and GTI’s vice president, research operations. “Like all prior recipients, her career embodies the consistent technical excellence, dedication and legacy we search for in Don Klass awardees.”

Marker worked 20 years at UOP (now Honeywell UOP), 10 years at Amoco (now BP) and five years at ARCO. She was team leader of the UOP/Hydro MTO process, which converts methanol to olefins and today produces three million tons per year of ethylene and propylene from methanol. Marker also helped to commercialize UOP’s Ethermax process for making methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and their Oxypro process, which makes isopropyl ether, both gasoline additives.

For the past 25 years, she has focused her research on conversion of biomass to fuels and authored the DOE report “Opportunities for Bio-renewables in Oil Refineries.” Marker is one of the inventors of UOP’s Ecofining process which converts vegetable oil, fats and grease into diesel and jet fuel through processes known as hydrodeoxygenation and hydroisomerization. There are 20 Ecofining units in use throughout the world, according to GTI, producing much of the renewable aviation fuel available today.

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