LANL Provides Support to Forestry Services of Chama

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is providing $20,000 of support to the Chama Peak Land Alliance’s efforts to get wood utilization efforts underway in the Chama area. The NM Small Business Assistance Program has contracted with Forestry Services of Chama, the forester for many of the Alliance landowners, to utilize Greg Wagner’s time and expertise. Greg is a Research Technologist from LANL who is helping with three tasks:

1) Vet biomass technology claims and screen viable technologies for use of small diameter wood within a 50 mile radius of Chama, NM.

2) Develop a feedstock profile in the lab of wood types available within a 50-mile radius of Chama, NM.

3) Research value added products that could be produced using wood types available within a 50 mile radius of Chama, NM, e.g. nutraceuticals.

For Greg’s biography, see below.

Greg Wagner, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

For the past 15 years Greg has been employed as a Research Technologist II at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM. Some of Greg’s recent efforts include being P.I. on projects optimizing parameters effecting the production of astaxanthin by H. pluvialis in large scale batch culture and the feasibility of growing algae for lipid based biofuel production in industrially produced water. He was technical lead on project investigating the mechanism of P. chrysosporium ligninase production on the accessibility of woody cellulose to industrial cellulases. Greg studied the effects of ionic liquids on the cell wall structure of poplar wood for biomass pretreatment prior to cellulose treatment. He acted as laboratory lead on Molecular Forensics of Nuclear Materials effort as well as similar sensitive DHS funded efforts. He studies the effects of aging on LANL synthesized uranium oxides. Greg also supports efforts examining the morphological and chemical characteristics of post-detonation debris of a sensitive nature from conventional explosives for forensic value.