Lee Rybeck Lynd

Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering Design and Adjunct Professor of Biology, Dartmouth
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Enchi Corporation
Biomass Deconstruction and Conversion Focus Area Leader, DOE Bioenergy Science Center
Executive Committee Chair, Global Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative



Professor Lynd is an expert on the production of energy from plant biomass and conducts leading research on microbial cellulose utilization. Professor Lynd’s H-Index of 61 (Google Scholar) is among the highest of researchers with primary activity in the bioenergy field. Lynd has authored over 200 papers, book chapters, and reviews spanning both laboratory research and visionary analysis. In addition to leading his research group, Lynd’s activities at Thayer School include teaching the undergraduate Systems course as well as graduate courses in Metabolic Engineering and Energy Systems, and curriculum development and strategic planning in the energy area. He also chairs the Executive Committee of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative, is a Management Team member and Biomass Deconstruction and Conversion Focus Area Leader for the Department of Energy Bioenergy Science Center, and was Chief Scientific Officer, Director, and Co-Founder of Mascoma Corporation until its sale in 2014, and is Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Enchi Corporation. A frequent presenter on technical and strategic aspects of biomass energy, Lynd has testified three times before the United States Senate, and his work has been featured in both national and international media such as Wired, Forbes, and Nova.


Research Interests

Microbial cellulose utilization; metabolic engineering; innovative biomass processing technologies; sustainable bioenergy futures


Selected Publications

Microbial Cellulose Utilization:

Metabolic Engineering:

Innovative Biomass Processing Technologies:

Sustainable Bioenergy Futures:

Honors and Awards



In Dartmouth Engineer Magazine


TEDxDartmouth - Lee Lynd: Cellulosic Biofuels: Why, Can, Must, and How

April 17, 2010

Lee Lynd, 2007 Winner of Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability

Seminar: Sustainable Biofuels: A Personal Odyssey

October 16, 2009