Clayton Wheeler is the Director of the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Maine. He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He gained industrial process experience with Texaco, Inc. and sensor design experience as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research interests include applied catalysis, biofuels and biochemicals. He is the inventor of a wood-to-fuel pathway called Thermal DeOxygenation (TDO) which is wholly unique to UMaine and appears to be a promising revolution in drop-in biofuel research nationwide.