BioI am interested in better understanding the interaction between complex, interdependent infrastructure systems and the environment, particularly in the realm of energy and water. Ongoing projects include life-cycle modeling of cellulosic ethanol production scale-up in the United States, framework development for sustainable co-management of water and energy, and uncertainty quantification in life-cycle assessment of emerging technologies.
Spot: Team Workforce Development - August 18th 2021
For contributions to the Lab's Workforce Development & Education programs in Spring and/or Summer of 2021, and for supporting research experiences for undergraduates, teachers, and faculty collaborators.
Biofuels Achievement Award - September 10th 2018
Three Berkeley Lab researchers, including Corinne Scown of the Energy Technologies Area, recently received the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award as part of a larger team from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). Here's more from JBEI's announcement:
The award is designed to recognize the contributions of Department of Energy (DOE) employees to the mission of the Department and to the benefit of the United States. The JBEI team was recognized for pioneering the development of biomass-derived ionic liquids (“bionic liquids”) to enable one-pot conversion technologies that are efficient, feedstock flexible, scalable, and economically viable to support production of biofuels and co-products.
The team members honored by this award are Tanmoy Dutta, N.V.S.N. Murthy Konda, Corinne D. Scown, Blake A. Simmons, Seema Singh, Aaron M. Socha, Jian Sun, and Feng Xu. This team is a model of inter-institutional collaboration that JBEI has enabled, with about half of the team having been affiliated with Sandia (Dutta, Singh, Socha, Sun, and Xu) and the other half with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (Konda, Scown, and Simmons).
The members have worked together to advance cellulosic biofuels research and development by increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of biomass pretreatment. The bionic liquid-enabled integrated one-pot process reduces annual operating cost by 40 percent and water use/waste water generation by approximately 85 percent, and has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 50 to 85 percent compared to conventional gasoline. With clear economic and environmental benefits, the one-pot bionic liquid process may represent a breakthrough technology in the cellulosic biofuel development.
Spot: Leticia Ericson, Corinne Scown and Anna Spurlock - July 28th 2017
Leticia Ericson, working in collaboration with ETA staff Corrine Scown and Anna Spurlock, identified an effective, but not well understood mechanism for providing compensation to women employees while on maternity leave.
2015 Director's Awards for Exceptional Achievement: Early Scientific Career - November 17th 2015
Significant scientific or technical contributions leading to important progress in an area of research or toward completion of a project (typically 0-5 years Postdoctoral).
Carnegie Mellon University Civil & Environmental Engineering Alumni Award - September 03rd 2014
The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University has given Corinne Scown a Recent Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes CEE alumni who have a noteworthy achievement within ten years of receiving their highest degree from the CEE Department. Scown completed her MS and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and she is a Research Scientist in the Sustainable Energy Systems Group of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division.