Jacolin Murray

Research Chemist (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Session: Speaker – The Future of Ethanol Production: Corn Kernel Fiber Analytics Panel

Topic: Development of Reference Materials to Support Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Summary: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing reference materials (RMs) to support cellulosic ethanol production. NIST has worked closely with stakeholders in designing and developing fit-for-purpose matrix relevant RMs to aid the community to accurately determine the converted fraction of the starch and cellulosic components of feedstocks to biofuel. The source materials for two candidate RMs, consisting of corn grain biomass intermediates before and after conversion (fermentation), were obtained from commercial ethanol production facilities. The materials were dried, ground, and blended prior to packaging. The materials will be characterized for starch and cellulosic content.


Dr. Jacolin Murray is a research chemist in the Chemical Sciences Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her current interests lie in measurement science research for the development of reference materials for the environmental, forensics, energy, and food sectors. She is the technical project leader for over 25 certified reference materials and coordinates interlaboratory comparisons.