Frank Morton currently serves as Director Technology Development for the National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC), after more than 35 years of experience as a chemical engineer in both industrial and research roles. He is currently responsible for bringing university, government and industrial organizations to the NCCC for collaborative technology development. This role includes identifying technology developers and coordinating agreement among the developer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NCCC industrial partners on contracts, funding and test plans.
Morton has interacted with more than 100 organizations involved in active carbon capture research and development and has established collaborative testing agreements with more than 40 organizations from six different countries. He has been instrumental in establishing the Carbon Capture International Test Center Network, a coalition of large, neutral carbon capture test facilities with representation from India, China, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Norway, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining Southern Company, Morton worked for 13 years at PPG Industries at a chloralkali chemical plant, a fiberglass plant and an aircraft transparencies plant, progressing in responsibility from process engineering to frontline operations supervision and department management. He joined Southern Company in 1991 as a process engineer with Southern Electric International supporting the coal liquefaction project at the Power Systems Development Facility.
Throughout his career, Morton has developed expertise in a variety of roles including research and development supporting a coal liquefaction facility, project development in an IPP group, design and planning support for system combustion turbines, as well as process engineering support of advanced coal power plant development.
Morton holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from the University of Alabama.