Lee Rybeck Lynd

Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Biology
Area Coordinator for Energy Engineering
Interim Area Coordinator for Biological and Chemical Engineering
Director, Thayer School Grand Challenges Scholars Program
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Enchi Corporation
Consolidated Bioprocessing Team Leader, DOE Center for Bioenergy Innovation
Executive Committee Chair, Global Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative

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Professor Lynd has been a member of the Dartmouth Faculty since 1987 and is an expert on utilization of plant biomass for production of energy. Professor Lynd’s H-Index of 68 (Google Scholar) is among the highest of researchers with primary activity in the bioenergy field. His contributions span the science, technology, and policy domains, and include leading research on fundamental and biotechnological aspects of microbial cellulose utilization. Professor Lynd has three times testified before the United States Senate, and has been featured in prominent fora such as Wired, Forbes, Nova, and the Nobel Conference. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received numerous awards and honors, including: Inaugural winner of the Lemelson MIT Sustainability Prize for inventions and innovations that enhance economic opportunity and community well-being while protecting and restoring the natural environment, and the Charles D. Scott Award for distinguished contributions to the field of biotechnology for fuels and chemicals.


Research Interests

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

Current Research Projects


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