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Benjamin Roberts

Benjamin Roberts

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Ben Roberts started with PNNL’s Hydrocarbon Processing Group in 2002. He has been involved in all aspects of research including component design and fabrication, system integration and construction, as well as operations management. His primary focus has been in the design and development of data acquisition and control systems to safely monitor and automate a wide variety of chemical and industrial processes. In 2007 Ben helped launch the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute in Corvallis, Oregon and in 2014 he designed and facilitated construction of a small pilot plant system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania built to demonstrate technologies that were developed and patented at PNNL.

PNNL Patents

Research Interests

  • Waste Heat Recovery Systems
  • Alternative Fuels Synthesis
  • Fuel Cells and Power Generation
  • Process Intensification
  • Systems Automation and Controls
  • LabVIEW programming and data acquisition
  • SolidWorks Design

PNNL Publications



  • Karim A.M., C.J. Howard, B.Q. Roberts, L. Kovarik, L. Zhang, D.L. King, and Y. Wang. 2012. "In Situ X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Studies on the Effect of pH on Pt Electronic Density during Aqueous Phase Reforming of Glycerol." ACS Catalysis 2, no. 11:2387-2394. PNNL-SA-89904. doi:10.1021/cs3005049


  • Hu J., R.A. Dagle, B.R. Johnson, H.W. Kreuzer, D.J. Gaspar, B.Q. Roberts, and M.L. Alexander. 2008. "Development of a Micropyrolyzer for Enhanced Isotope Ratio Measurement." Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 47, no. 22:8625-8630. PNNL-SA-60695. doi:10.1021/ie8009236
  • Huang X., D.A. King, F. Zheng, V.S. Stenkamp, W.E. TeGrotenhuis, B.Q. Roberts, and D.L. King. 2008. "Hydrodesulfurization of JP-8 Fuel and its Microchannel Distillate Using Steam Reformate." Catalysis Today 136, no. 3-4:291-300. PNWD-SA-8059. doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2008.01.011

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