Dr. Hakan Olcay


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 2005
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 2003

Fields: Biofuels, Catalysis and Environment

Former Lab Role: Postdoctoral Associate [until March 2014]

Email: olcay@mit.edu

I am originally from Ankara, Turkey. Currently, I am working as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment evaluating the environmental and economic sustainability of converting biomass feedstocks to drop-in replacements for conventional jet fuel. My research primarily focuses on investigating and comparing the technical and economic feasibility of a number of such emerging biofuel technologies; and the environmental impacts of their implementation on global climate and air quality, and on our regional water resources. This collaborative research provides important outcomes that are highly relevant to academia and policy makers, alike, as it gives additional insight to pursuing different biofuel options.

Hakan left LAE in March 2014.



“Environmental and economic assessment of producing hydroprocessed renewable jet and diesel fuel from waste oils and tallow,” Seber, G., Malina, R., Pearlson, M., Olcay, H., Hileman, J., Barrett, S.R.H. submitted to Biomass and Bioenergy.

“Lifecycle greenhouse gas footprint and minimum selling price of renewable diesel and jet fuel from advanced fermentation production technologies,” Staples, M.D., Malina, R., Olcay, H., Pearlson, M.N., Hileman, J.I., Boies, A., Barrett, S.R.H., accepted for publication in Energy and Environmental Science. DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43655A

“Production of renewable jet fuel range alkanes and commodity chemicals from integrated catalytic processing of biomass,“ Bond, J., Upadhye, A., Olcay, H., Tompsett, G., Jae, J., Xing, R., Alonso, D., Wang, D., Zhang, T., Kumar, R., Foster, A., Sen, S., Maravelias, C., Malina, R., Barrett, S., Lobo, R., Wyman, C., Dumesic, J., Huber, G., accepted for publication in Energy and Environmental Science. DOI: 10.1039/C3EE43846E

“Water consumption footprint and land requirements of large-scale alternative diesel and jet fuel production,“ Staples, M., Olcay, H., Malina, R., Trivedi, P., Pearlson, M., Strzepek, K., Paltsev, S., Wollersheim, C., Barrett, S., Environmental Science and Technology 47 (21), pp. 12557-12565, 2013. DOI: 10.1021/es4030782

“Production of renewable petroleum refinery diesel and jet fuel feedstocks from waste hemicellulose sugar streams,” Olcay, H., Subrahmanyam, A.V., Xing, R., Lajoie, J., Huber, G., Energy and Environmental Science 6 (1), pp.205-216, 2013. DOI: 10.1039/c2ee23316a

“Production of jet and diesel fuel range alkanes from waste hemicellulose-derived aqueous solutions,” Xing, R., Subrahmanyam, A.V., Olcay, H., Qi, W., van Walsum, G.P., Pendse, H.P., Huber, G.W., Green Chemistry 12 (11), 1933-1946, 2010. DOI: 10.1039/C0GC00263A (featured on journal cover)


Selected Presentations 

“Evaluation of alternative fuels through sustainability metrics,” Olcay, H., Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, October 2013.

“Sustainability of aviation biofuels: Life cycle analysis,” Olcay, H., Malina, R., Aviation Workshop 2013, University of Münster, Münster, Germany, February 2013.

“Overview of alternative fuels research at Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment,” Olcay, H., Malina, R., EU Commission, Brussels, Belgium and Bauhaus Luftfahrt, Munich, Germany, February 2013.

“Public health, climate and economic impacts of desulfurizing jet fuel,” Gilmore, C., Olcay, H., Malina, R., CONCAWE, Brussels, Belgium, February 2013.

“Alternative fuels production analysis tool (AFPAT),” Mofor, W., Olcay, H., Hileman, J., Malina, R., Barrett, S., Miller, B., Crump, D., Jones, P., Johnson, M., Thompson, T., Lewis, K., Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters, Washington, D.C., February 2012.

“Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption from alternative jet fuels,” Olcay, H., Stratton, R., Carter, N., Staples, M., Pearlson, M., Bredehoeft, M., Wollersheim, C., Hileman, J., Malina, R., Barrett, S., Biomass 2012, Washington, D.C., July 2012.