Mark Mba-Wright

  • Associate Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Main Office

2078 Black Engr
Ames, IA
Phone: 515-294-0913


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University
  • MS, Engineering and Biorenewable Technologies, Iowa State University

Interest Areas

Energy Systems Analysis
  • We investigate the cost and performance of energy systems. Our research interests include techno-economics, process modeling, and energy conversion. Recent projects investigated the costs and emissions of biomass conversion to gasoline and diesel.
Biomass Conversion Technologies
  • We research novel ways of converting biomass into fuels. Our current research is on low-temperature thermochemical conversion (torrefaction and pyrolysis) of lignocellulosic biomass for the production of platform chemicals and fuels.

Brief Biography

Videos and Presentations
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Club Seminar Series: Video.
  • Iowa State University Clean Energy Technologies Series: Video.
Awards and Activities
  • BIO World Congress George Washington Carver Award (2009)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Engineers Without Borders ISU Chapter
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Selected Publications

Research Papers                                                          
Book Chapters/Reviews                                                   
  • Brown, T. R., M. M. Wright, Y. Roman-Leshkov, R. C. Brown (2014) Techno-economic assessment of biorefineries, in Advances in Biorefineries: Biomass and Waste Supply Chain Exploitation, Waldron, K.W., Ed., Woodhead Publishing. (2014)
  • Wright M. M. and Brown R. C. “Costs of Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass to Power and Liquid Fuels” Book Chapter in Thermochemical Processing of Biomass Edited by R. C. Brown, Wiley (2011)
  • Brown R. C. and Wright M. M., “Capturing solar energy through biomass” Book Chapter in Principles of Sustainable Energy Edited by F. Kreith and J. F. Kreider, CRC Press (2011)