Lehigh University alumnus Esteban Chornet '71 was the recipient of the 2013 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science at the TCBiomass2013 conference hosted by the Gas Technology Institute.
The prestigious award recognizes Chornet's pioneering technology innovations in the field of bioenergy.
Chornet is the co- founder and Chief Technology Officer of the Canadian-based Enerkem. Founded in 2000 and in Alberta, Enerkem specializes in converting municipal waste to fuel and chemicals.
Chornet led a team at Enerkem to develop the company’s proprietary gasification and syngas conversion technology.
Enerkem is completing the construction of the world’s first full-scale commercial facility to produce biofuels and renewable chemicals from non-recyclable and non-compostable residential waste.
Chornet earned his Ph.D in chemical engineering from Lehigh.