Bruno Klein

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Research Focus

Bruno Klein is a process research engineer in NREL’s Economic Sustainability & Market Analysis group. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Campinas (Brazil) in 2018. At NREL, he develops techno-economic assessments (TEA) linked to biochemical conversion pathways of lignocellulosic sugars (both fermentative and catalytic conversion strategies) as well as to algal biomass production and conversion to fuels and coproducts in novel biorefinery concepts. Within the Agile BioFoundry, he is involved in TEA modeling and process design to identify economic opportunities and key drivers for bioconversion pathways of interest.

Projects in the Agile BioFoundry

  • Co-task lead for the Integrated Analysis Task
  • Support for process development, scale-up, and optimization

Featured Publications

Low carbon biofuels and the New Brazilian National Biofuel Policy (RenovaBio): A case study for sugarcane mills and integrated sugarcane-microalgae biorefineries. B. Klein, M. Chagas, M. Watanabe, A. Bonomi, R. Maciel Filho. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2019, 115:109365.

Techno-economic and environmental assessment of renewable jet fuel production in integrated Brazilian sugarcane biorefineries. B. Klein, M. Chagas, T. Junqueira, M. Rezende, T. Cardoso, O. Cavalett, A. Bonomi. Applied Energy, 2018, 209:290-305.

Process development and techno‐economic analysis of bio‐based succinic acid derived from pentoses integrated to a sugarcane biorefinery. B. Klein, J. Silva, T. Junqueira, S. Rabelo, P. Arruda, J. Ienczak, P. Mantelatto, J. Pradella, S. Vaz Junior, A. Bonomi. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 2017, 11(6):1051-1064.