Patrick Woolcock received a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Penn State in 2008 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and Biorenwable Technology at Iowa State University. His area of focus is thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals, specifically the purification of synthetic gas streams generated by high temperature processes. This requires a broad understanding of mechanical and chemical engineering disciplines, as well as analytical chemistry. Recent work includes designing and overseeing construction of a multi-stage process for cleaning syngas generated by a 20kg/h biomass gasifier. Current projects include hydrogen production from syngas and developing a novel, rapid, and solvent free approach to analyzing trace amounts of syngas tars.