Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry

A research collaboration of national laboratories for the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office

News: Read how the CCPC has assisted Forest Concepts in characterizing feedstock products for pyrolysis yield.

The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a collaboration of five national laboratories focused on accelerating progress in bioenergy research and development through the application of computational simulations. The CCPC is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and enables research in core BETO activities such as the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC), the Bioprocessing Separations Consortium, and more.


In the CCPC, unique DOE computational modeling facilities and experience accelerate the discovery and development of novel materials and processes to achieve sustainable renewable energy. The CCPC also serves to computationally bridge the chemical reactions occurring at the nanoscale to reactor- and plant-scale processes to enable critical experimental verifications in the BETO program and support techno-economic analysis of commercial scale operations. Thus, our research activities are coordinated based on scale including atomic, meso, and process scales. multiscale2

Our Mission: To utilize core computational capabilities across the US DOE national laboratory system to enable and accelerate the development of new materials and optimize process scale-up to advance the bioenergy economy.

Our Vision: The computational toolset developed by CCPC facilitates the modeling of biomass industrial technologies from atomic to process scales, thereby reducing the cost, time, and risk in commercializing bioenergy technologies.

Our Impact: The CCPC has assisted Forest Concepts in characterizing feedstock products for pyrolysis yield. Read more about how the CCPC leverages its capabilities to help industrial collaborators.

Our Industry Advisory Panel: The CCPC utilizes input from a unique combination of industry advisors, core experimental projects, and academic partners to guide selection and priority of projects. Our Industry Advisory Panel represents over 100 years of combined experience and includes: David Dayton (RTI), George Huff (MIT, retired BP), Jack Halow (Separation Design Group), Steve Schmidt (WR Grace), Tom Flynn (Babcock & Wilcox), Rick Wessel (Babcock & Wilcox).

Questions about the CCPC should be directed towards Jim Parks.



The CCPC is an enabling project in the ChemCatBio consortium


ChemCatBio is part of DOE’s Energy Materials Network


Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium


Bioprocessing Separations Consortium

U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office

Billion Ton Report
2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy

NREL Thermal and Catalytic Process Development Unit
Home to thermochemical reactors and pilot plants that CCPC models

PNNL Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory
Home to upgrading reactors and pilot plants that CCPC models

Open source code and tools

Computational models and functions developed by consortium members.

Surface Phase Explorer
Create interactive and downloadable surface phase diagrams from ab initio data.