Juan Andres Soria

Associate Professor of Wood Chemistry and Applied Environmental Science and Technology


Contact information:
Phone: 907-746-9450
Fax: 907-474-6268
Location: Palmer
Email: jasoria@alaska.edu

Curriculum vitae:
B.S., 1995, Ball State University
M.S., 1998, Baylor University
Ph.D., 2005, University of Idaho

Courses:
NRM 601 - Research Methods for Natural Resources Management
NRM 453 - Forest Harvesting and Utilization
NRM 394 - Biomass and Bioenergy
GEOG/NRM 393 - Intro to Energy and the Environment

Research interests:
Utilization of low value biomass for fuels and chemicals, mostly through thermochemical means (gasification, pyrolysis, supercritical fluids). Fundamental work with Alaska biomass (composition, makeup, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical characteristics). Chemical characterization of Alaska timber and non-timber species. Forest products development.

Current research programs:
1) Utilization of low value biomass for fuels and chemicals, mostly through thermochemical means (gasification, pyrolysis, supercritical fluids),
2) Fundamental work with Alaska biomass (composition, makeup, nutraceutical and phytochemical characteristics),
3) Chemical characterization of Alaska timber and non-timber species,
4) Forest products development

Examples of research support:
U.S.D.A. NIFA McIntire-Stennis, PI, “Developing a fast assessment method for catalytically upgrading biomass pyrolysis into drop-in-fuels and chemical feedstocks”, (2011-2014), $187,357

U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, Alaska, Co-I, “Seed Quality, Northern Latitudes:Biomass Study 2” (2010-2012), $130,256

Pacific Ring Incorporated, PI, Toxicity and Chemical Characterization of Albizia Wood. (2010), $4,000

U.S.D.A. Special Grant, Co-I, Wood Utilization Research Year 10, Biofuels Modules(2010-2012), $595,876

U.S.D.A. NIFA/AFRI, PI, Equipment Grant, CHN Elemental Analyzer (2009), $28,976

U.S.D.A. Special Grant, Co-I, Wood Utilization Research Year 9, Biofuels and Wood Chemistry Modules (2009-2011), $590,000

U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, Alaska, Co-I, “Seed Quality, Northern Latitudes:Biomass Study 1” (2009-2010), $380,000

Western Sungrant Center, Co-I, “Low NOx Biodiesel Development”, (2008-2013), $150,000

U.S.D.A. Special Grant, Co-I, Wood Utilization Research Year 8, Biofuels and Wood Chemistry Modules (2008-2010), $597,044

U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service, PI, “Gasification of Salmon Wastes” (2008-2009), $25,000

Indiana Soybean Alliance, PI, cold flow biodiesel testing (2009), $25,000

U.S.D.A. Special Grant, Co-I, Wood Utilization Research Year 7, Wood Chemistry Module (2006-2008), $613,485

U.S.D.A. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Station, PI, “Moisture Content of Fire-Killed Trees” (2008-2010), $82,000.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Seed Grant, Co-I, “Fast Rotation Woody Biomass”, (2008-2009), $15,000 

Examples of publications:
Kamler, J and Soria, J.A. (2012). Supercritical water gasification of municipal sludge: A novel approach to waste treatment and energy recovery. In Gasification, ISBN 980-953-307-245-1.

M.G. King, C. Catranis, Soria, J.A. and M.B. Leigh, (2012). Phytochemical and Toxicological Analysis of Albizia facataria wood sawdust. Submitted June 28 to the International Wood Products Journal, ISBN 2042-6445

Soria, J.A. , and McDonald, A.G. (2012) Liquefaction of softwoods and hardwoods in supercritical methanol: a novel approach to bio-oil production. In Biomass Conversion. C. Baskar, S. Baskar, R. Dhillon Editors. Springer- Verlag GmbH, Germany. pp 421-433.

(2011) Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy. Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. The National Research Council of the National Academies. ISBN-13: 978-0-309-18748-0. 650p.

Freitas, S and Soria, J.A. (2011) Development of a Gasification System for Utilizing Fish Processing Waste and Coastal Small Diameter Wood in Rural Areas. Energy and Fuels Journal, 25 (5), 2292-2300.

Soria, J.A. (2010). Unlocking hydrocarbons from biomass. Agroborealis, v.41(1), 39-40.

Soria, J.A. and Freitas, S. (2010) Gasification of salmon wastes and small diameter alder. Prep. Pap.-Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Fuel Chem. 55 (2), 949-950

Freitas, S., Soria, J.A. , and Bower, C. (2010). Gasification of low-value biomass in Alaska. Agroborealis v.41(1), 34-38.

Soria, J.A., McDonald, A.G, and Shook, S.R. (2008) Wood solubilization and depolymerization using supercritical methanol. Part 1: Process optimization and analysis of methanol insoluble components (bio-char). Holzforschung, Vol. 62 (4), pp. 402–408.

Soria, J.A., McDonald, A.G., and He, B.B. (2008) Wood solubilization and depolymerization by supercritical methanol. Part 2: Analysis of methanol soluble compounds. Holzforschung, Vol. 62 (4), pp. 409–416.

Soria, J.A. (2008) Biomass for bio fuels: not all trees are created equal. Agroborealis, Vol 39 (2), pp. 7-9.

Mitchell, B.K., L.L. Ingram, Jr., J. A. Soria, P.H. Steele, and D.A. Strobel. (2008) Chemical and physical characteristics of bio-oils from pine and oak feedstocks. In Woody Biomass Utilization: Challenges and Opportunities. Forest Products Society, Madison, WI. 103 p

Soria J.A., McDonald A.G., Shook, S.R., and He, B. (2005) Supercritical methanol for conversion of ponderosa pine into chemicals and fuels. In the proceedings of the 13th Intl Symp. on Wood, Fibre and Pulping Chemistry, Auckland, New Zealand, May 16-19, Vol 3, pp. 369-374.

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