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Lee Rybeck Lynd

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

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A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1987, Professor Lynd is an expert on utilization of plant biomass for production of energy. Spanning science, technology, and policy domains, and including leading research on fundamental and biotechnological aspects of microbial cellulose utilization, his body of work includes over 250 publications, over 17,000 citations, and an h-index of 53 (Web of Science), as well as 8 granted patents. Lynd is co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer, and Director of biofuel start-up Enchi Corp., Consolidated Bioprocessing Team Lead for the Center for Bioenergy Innovation, and founder and Executive Committee Chair of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative. In the past, he was co-founder, CSO, and Director of Mascoma Corp., co-leader (with Nathanael Greene of the Natural Resources Defense Council) of The Role of Biomass in America's Energy Future project, and biofuel industry representative on a committee advisory to the executive office of President Clinton on reducing greenhouse gas emission from personal vehicles. He has three times testified before the US 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

Active Research


Selected Publications

Microbial Cellulose Utilization:

Metabolic Engineering:

Innovative Biomass Processing Technologies:

Sustainable Bioenergy Futures:

See full publications list on ORCID

Honors and Awards

Selected Patents


Professional Activities

Selected Presentations (2019–2020 Academic Year)


In Dartmouth Engineer Magazine