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Biomass Resources & Conversion Technologies

Graduate researchers in Villanova’s Biomass Resources and Conversion Technologies lab.

Part of Villanova's Chemical Engineering Department, the Biomass Resources & Conversion Technologies (BRCT) education, research and development program is focused on developing successful systems for utilizing biorenewable materials to produce energy, liquid fuels and chemical products that are still primarily derived from non-renewable carbon resources. Within the “supply-chain” of biomass utilization systems, BRCT's efforts are focused on:

  • Improvement of biomass qualities and biorefinery feedstocks
  • Energy densification of biomass by liquefaction
  • Utilizing/upgrading liquefied biomass (BCO)
  • Sustainability and techno-economics assessments of biomass utilization systems

Located in Rooms 314 and 320 of White Hall on Villanova University's campus, BRCT’s team is led by Dr. Justinus Satrio, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering. The group consists of graduate and undergraduate research assistants from varying engineering disciplines.


Equipment in the Biomass Resources & Conversion Technologies lab includes:

  • Torrefaction system
  • Pyroprobe
  • GC/MS & Pyrolizer
  • Microbalance
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry


Dr. Justinus Satrio

Dr. Justinus Satrio
Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
(610) 519-6658
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