Bruce Beaver is Professor of Chemistry at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. His research interests include all aspects of hydrocarbon fuel (gasoline, jet, and diesel) oxidation. After receiving a doctorate in Organic Chemistry (UMASS/Amherst, with W. E. McEwen) Bruce was introduced to the fascinating field of fuel oxidation by Robert Hazlett as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory during 1984-86. For over 30 years the Beaver group has pursued fundamental studies in this area.
This work has enabled Bruce to become an expert in hydrocarbon fuel production, handling, logistics, quality and storage issues. Bruce understands military fuel specification, logistical, quality and storage issues (F-76, JP-5, JP-8); Bruce understands the process and issues typically encountered in the development of new gasoline, jet and diesel fuel additives (i.e. knowledgeable on specification issues for gasoline, jet fuels, ULSD and biodiesel); Hydrocarbon autoxidation pathways (mechanisms); storage stability of gasoline, jet and diesel fuels, thermal oxidative stability of gasoline, jet and diesel fuels; I understand fuel additive tests and how fuel additives function chemically. Bruce understands problems with octane and cetane numbers. Bruce understands the context of the facts and figures from the U.S Energy Information Agency; Bruce follows developments in both climate change and the global shale gas industry, (i. e. Bruce has written a peer-reviewed papers on fracking & climate change); Bruce follows the role of energy in the economic development of Africa, particularly South Africa); During 2000-08 significant work was done on JP-900 oxidation in collaboration with Harold Schobert and colleaques at the Pennsylvania State University. This coal derived jet fuel is very stable under the high temperature stress of modern jet engines.
Professor Beaver reviews most research articles and research proposals on fuel oxidation and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Petroleum Engineering. In addition, Bruce consults on fuel oxidation issues with various energy companies, additive companies, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Navy, the Australian Navy, and litigious lawyers.