Hilal Ezgi Toraman, Wilson Faculty Fellow, is an assistant professor of energy engineering and chemical engineering at Penn State University. Toraman is the elected director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division and Elected President of Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society (PCCS). She is a member of the International Editorial Board for Fuel Communications and ACS Engineering Au. Toraman’s research is in the field of chemical reaction engineering and catalysis with a focus on developing new processes, materials, and technologies for efficient and sustainable use of non-traditional feedstocks such as shale gas, biogas, biomass and plastic waste. Toraman has received prestigious recognition and awards from prominent organizations in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering. She has been selected to receive the Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker Jr. Faculty Fellowship in Materials Science and Engineering and the Fuel Science Program at Penn State University. She has been acknowledged as a Rising Star by the American Chemical Society's Division of Energy & Fuels, and was recently selected as one of the 2023 Pioneers of Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) in the honorary session by the CRE division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Additionally, Toraman has been honored by being recognized in Chemical & Engineering News' esteemed list of Talented 12 in 2023. Toraman was selected for her research in technologies that turn waste into fuels, chemicals and other products.
Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Toraman served as a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Delaware Energy Institute at the University of Delaware. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Türkiye (Turkey). She received her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium.
1. SriBala, G., Toraman, H.E., Symoens, S., Déjardin, A., Pilate, G., Boerjan, W., Ronsse, F., Van Geem, K.M. and Marin, G.B., 2019. Analytical Py-GC/MS of Genetically Modified Poplar for the Increased Production of Bio-aromatics. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, 17, pp.599-610.
2. Toraman, H.E., Abrahamsson, V., Vanholme, R., Van Acker, R., Ronsse, F., Pilate, G., Boerjan, W., Van Geem, K.M. and Marin, G.B., 2018. Application of Py-GC/MS coupled with PARAFAC2 and PLS-DA to study fast pyrolysis of genetically engineered poplars. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 129, pp.101-111.
3. Toraman, H.E., Franz, K., Ronsse, F., Van Geem, K.M. and Marin, G.B., 2016. Quantitative analysis of nitrogen containing compounds in microalgae based bio-oils using comprehensive two-dimensional gas-chromatography coupled to nitrogen chemiluminescence detector and time of flight mass spectrometer. Journal of Chromatography A, 1460, pp.135-146.
4. Negahdar, L., Gonzalez-Quiroga, A., Otyuskaya, D., Toraman, H.E., Liu, L., Jastrzebski, J.T., Van Geem, K.M., Marin, G.B., Thybaut, J.W. and Weckhuysen, B.M., 2016. Characterization and comparison of fast pyrolysis bio-oils from pinewood, rapeseed cake, and wheat straw using 13C NMR and comprehensive GC× GC. ACS sustainable chemistry & engineering, 4(9), pp.4974-4985.
5. Toraman, H.E., Vanholme, R., Borén, E., Vanwonterghem, Y., Djokic, M.R., Yildiz, G., Ronsse, F., Prins, W., Boerjan, W., Van Geem, K.M. and Marin, G.B., 2016. Potential of genetically engineered hybrid poplar for pyrolytic production of bio-based phenolic compounds. Bioresource technology, 207, pp.229-236.
6. Yildiz, G., Ronsse, F., Vercruysse, J., Daels, J., Toraman, H.E., van Geem, K.M., Marin, G.B., Van Duren, R. and Prins, W., 2016. In situ performance of various metal doped catalysts in micro-pyrolysis and continuous fast pyrolysis. Fuel Processing Technology, 144, pp.312-322.
7. Toraman, H.E., Dijkmans, T., Djokic, M.R., Van Geem, K.M. and Marin, G.B., 2014. Detailed compositional characterization of plastic waste pyrolysis oil by comprehensive two-dimensional gas-chromatography coupled to multiple detectors. Journal of Chromatography A, 1359, pp.237-246.
8. Yildiz, G., Lathouwers, T., Toraman, H.E., van Geem, K.M., Marin, G.B., Ronsse, F., van Duren, R., Kersten, S.R. and Prins, W., 2014. Catalytic fast pyrolysis of pine wood: effect of successive catalyst regeneration. Energy & fuels, 28(7), pp.4560-4572.
9. Bahcegul, E., Toraman, H.E., Erdemir, D., Akinalan, B., Ozkan, N. and Bakir, U., 2014. An unconventional approach for improving the integrity and mechanical properties of xylan type hemicellulose based films. RSC Advances, 4(64), pp.34117-34126.
10. Bahcegul, E., Akinalan, B., Toraman, H.E., Erdemir, D., Ozkan, N. and Bakir, U., 2013. Extrusion of xylans extracted from corn cobs into biodegradable polymeric materials. Bioresource technology, 149, pp.582-585.
11. Bahcegul, E., Toraman, H.E., Ozkan, N. and Bakir, U., 2012. Evaluation of alkaline pretreatment temperature on a multi-product basis for the co-production of glucose and hemicellulose based films from lignocellulosic biomass. Bioresource technology, 103(1), pp.440-445.
- Virginia S. and Philip L. Walker, Jr. Faculty Fellowship
- Ghent University Graduate Research Fellow, Belgium
- Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) personal scholarship for M.Sc. study
- North American Symposium for Chemical Reaction Engineering (NASCRE) 4 Travel Award