Paul O’ Connor
Director of Science & Technology
Paul O’ Connor was born in Curaçao, The Netherlands Antilles. He graduated at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Chemical Engineering (M.Sc Thesis on Fluidization of powders with Prof. Kees Rietema) in 1977.
He has been very active in heavy oil conversion processes first at Shell in design, process and refinery operations and later at Akzo Nobel in marketing, research management and technology development of refining catalysts. After the acquisition of Akzo Nobel Catalysts by Albemarle he moved to business development leading the long-term development strategy for Albemarle Catalysts.
At the end of 2005 he founded BIOeCON focused on the economical conversion of biomass to renewable fuels and energy. He is the Director of Science & Technology of BIOeCON. Since its formation BIOeCON working with an international network of creative scientists has developed a few essential breakthrough concepts in this field laid down in several patents which are now being scaled-up and commercialized as new innovative processes.
In 2007, BIOeCON and Khosla Ventures founded KiOR Inc, to develop and commercialize the Biomass Catalytic Cracking (BCC) process, The BCC process produces an oil which is suitable as a renewable crude oil substitute.
In 2010 BIOeCON and PETROBRAS announced a partnership in the joint development the BiCHEM process for the selective conversion of biomass, as found in agricultural wastes such as sugarcane bagasse, into high value chemicals that can be used to produce green plastics, or further transformed in advanced biofuel additives.
Paul is an author and co-author of several publications on fluid catalytic cracking and heavy oil conversion processes. He holds a significant number of patents in the area of catalysis, catalytic processing, biomass conversion and the synthesis and application of advanced materials.
3871KM Hoevelaken, The Netherlands
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