W. Michael Sanford

Scientific Advisory Board Member

Mike Sanford is a Technical Manager in DuPont’s Industrial Bioscience business unit.  He has been leading DuPont’s efforts in developing technology to convert lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol since 2006.  In that capacity, he served as program manager for DuPont’s DOE funded programs on the Integrated Corn Biorefinery and on Zymomonas mobilis as a fermentative organism for ethanol production.  This work led to the definition and development of the process technology currently being validated at DuPont’s Vonore, TN cellulosic ethanol demonstration facility and scheduled to be commercialized in Nevada, IA in 2015. 

Dr Sanford began his professional career as a petrochemicals process design engineer for CE Lummus, prior to pursuing his Ph.D..  He has worked for DuPont since 1987 in research and management roles in a variety of areas including fibers, composite materials, polymers, biomedical applications and digital printing prior to his current assignment in the biofuels arena.

Dr. Sanford received a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.