PNNL engineer named senior research and development leader for ONAMI/MBI

July 27 2005

Palo becomes second staff member appointed to Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute welcomed Daniel Palo, a senior research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as the senior research and development leader for the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute facility in Corvallis, Ore. In that capacity, Palo aims to accelerate the discovery and commercialization of microtechnology in the Pacific Northwest by advancing research and development in this emerging and highly promising field.

Palo is tasked with leading existing joint PNNL/Oregon State University research projects, expanding into new areas of microtechnology development, developing joint research programs in microtechnology with colleagues from OSU, and serving as an adjunct faculty member in chemical engineering at OSU.

Palo has a background in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering, reactor design, microchannel reaction technology, fuel processing, and supercritical fluid technology. His recent activities include serving as project manager for the development of a Soldier-Portable Fuel Cell Power System and as principal investigator in the evaluation of reforming characteristics of biomass- derived fuels for hydrogen production of fuel cells.

“I’m looking forward to interacting with Oregon State University researchers on new ideas and creating a synergy that will establish the MBI as a leader in advancing microtechnology applications in the region,” says Palo, the second of up to 20 PNNL staff from Richland, Wash. who will be working at ONAMI’s signature facility in Corvallis.

The MBI was formed in 2002 as a joint effort between PNNL and OSU to develop and market advances in microtechnology. The institute is spawning a new and important industry in the Pacific Northwest based on small, lightweight, and more efficient chemical, energy, and biological systems, for both commercial and non- commercial use.

Palo joins Dennis Stiles, PNNL program manager for the MBI and the co-director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute or ONAMI. ONAMI is focused on researching and commercializing nanoscience and microtechnologies to foster the creation of new products, companies and jobs in the Pacific Northwest. It unites OSU, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon, with PNNL, the State of Oregon, and private industry. PNNL and OSU are founding members of ONAMI. The MBI is one of ONAMI’s signature facilities.

Palo has a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut (1999) and a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota (1994). He has been with PNNL for nearly six years.

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