August 25, 2021
Staff Accomplishment

Gaspar Awarded R.A. Glenn Award for Best Paper

Award received for paper about diesel bio-blendstocks to improve vehicle performance

Dan Gaspar

Dan Gaspar, bioenergy expert at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

(Photo by Andrea Starr | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Dan Gaspar, bioenergy expert at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has been recognized with the R.A. Glenn Award for Best Paper by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’s) Energy and Fuel Division.

Gaspar was honored for his paper “Screening and Identification of Diesel Bio-blendstocks to Improve Performance and Reduce Emission,” which he presented at the ACS Spring 2021 national meeting. The paper presented draft results identifying the top 13 biomass blendstocks to reduce vehicle emissions—results subsequently finalized and documented in a recently released report led by Gaspar.

He was presented with the award virtually at the ACS Fall Meeting on August 24.

The award is given for the most innovative and interesting paper presented at each ACS national meeting. It was named in honor of Richard A. Glenn, who served as Assistant Director of Research at Bituminous Coal Research, Inc. and as Chairman of the Fuel Chemistry Division in 1960.

The research Gaspar presented is supported by the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office. He has led the multi-laboratory Co-Optima initiative since fall 2020 and has been involved in leading biofuels efforts within the initiative since 2016.  

Gaspar joined PNNL in 2000. In 2019, he was honored as part of the Co-Optima leadership team for “groundbreaking work to synergistically improve fuels and engines to maximize fuel economy.”