Amit Goyal, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis
Amit Goyal, Ph.D. is associate director of the Southern Research Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis group at its Advanced Energy & Transportation Technologies facility in Durham, North Carolina. Goyal is responsible for managing research initiatives and commercial business development in areas of sustainable chemistry, catalyst and process development. His research is mainly focused on the development of heterogeneous catalyst for thermo-catalytic conversion of biomass to fuels and chemical products that are usually derived from the petroleum. In this role (principal investigator) he leads a team of engineers, chemists and technicians on a DOE-BETO funded study for biomass derived sugars conversion to acrylonitrile – a monomer used as a precursor for production of carbon fibers. For this technology he was recently selected for a best technology pitch to investors during “Shark Tank” session held at World BioMarkets 2017 conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Goyal is also responsible for developing a novel nano-engineered, catalyst-driven process for the production of light olefins, such as ethylene and propylene, using carbon dioxide, or CO2 from coal-fired flue gas and lower alkanes derived from shale gas as feedstocks for an ongoing DOE-NETL funded project. In past he has been responsible for the design and development of a novel H2S resistant catalyst – for conversion of methane and tar obtained from gasified low rank coals to hydrogen for a DOE-NETL funded project. Amit has 10 years of diverse experience working in capacities ranging from R&D, to engineering, to business development.
Prior to joining Southern Research, Goyal was a senior research engineer at Exelus Inc. in New Jersey. At Exelus, he was in charge of the biofuels and bio-chemicals research program. He spearheaded research on a multi-institution grant to transform biomass into hydrocarbon fuels. He led development of processes and catalysts for selective deoxygenation of cellulosics to make ethanol and chemicals. He was also principal investigator on a DOE funded project for conversion of cellulose to renewable plasticizers.
Goyal also worked as a research scientist at New Jersey Institute of Technology on projects for large scale synthesis of carbon nanotubes and its application in metal composites and sensors. He was inducted to New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame for his work on methods for electrophoretic deposition of carbon nanotubes for FET and sensor applications. He was also awarded Schering Plough Science and Innovation Award for his doctoral research. Goyal has been invited to speak at peer reviewed conferences for his work on biomass conversion and carbon nanotube synthesis/applications. He has approximately 15 publications, with four issued and four pending U.S. patents.
Goyal received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India, and a Master of Science and doctorate in chemical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.