Jean-Pascal Planche - MESAT Webinar & ISAP DAY 2021-APE Presenter

Jean-Pascal Planche will present at the MESAT Webinar on October 14, 2021 and ISAP DAY 2021 - APE on November 23, 2021

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WRI's Covid-19 Response

On behalf of the entire team at Western Research Institute, we hope all of you are doing well. The past year has been challenging for everyone. We have maintained our services while weathering the crisis and monitoring the evolving situation..

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Petersen Asphalt Research Conference

The 2021 Online Petersen Asphalt Research Conference
was a huge success. Please mark your calendars for the 2022 conference
July 19-22, 2022
Hosted by Western Research Institute
in  Laramie, Wyoming USA

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WRI provides a highly diverse suite of specialized scientific and engineering expertise, intellectual property, and research and development equipment and facilities with emphasis in asphalt, biomass, hydrocarbon, and polymer resources for energy and material applications.

Sustainable Emerging Technologies

Sustainable Emerging Technologies (SET) is a team of dedicated scientists, engineers and technicians devoted to advancing technology development with a “safety first” culture to protect staff, projects, and facilities. The team specializes in advancing emerging technologies from bench scale through pilot scale studies for deployment at the commercial demonstration scale.


Asphalt and Petroleum Technology

WRI’s Asphalt and Petroleum Technology (APT) group is a leader in asphalt, bitumen, petroleum, coal, and hydrocarbon research. The group has several decades of experience leading research projects at the federal and commercial level to characterize, diagnose and predict asphalt and heavy oil properties and performance, and thermal processing of heavy oils.

As APT has evolved over the decades, many new research initiatives were conceived and actualized to address current issues common to the paving, roofing, coal and petroleum industries through confidential commercial contract work, and also through WRI-led collaborative consortia. These initiatives have aimed, to tackle evolving and growing needs and challenges in the asphalt field such as reclaimed asphalt pavement and shingle recycling, polymer and plastics compatibility in asphalt, asphalt binder variability (fingerprinting, diagnosing and amending) related to field performance, refinery processes, additives, and oxidative aging, or in the refining or upstream fields such as heat exchanger fouling, waxes, asphaltene stability, coke formation, bitumen upgrading, asphaltene adsorption, mesophase formation for carbon fibers, and many other areas.

Advanced Carbon Materials

We apply a diverse portfolio of analytical and modeling tools that provide molecular, chemical and physical characterizations, including several unique patented tools, to intelligently guide development of precursor formulations for the next generation of advanced carbon materials, such as carbon fiber, carbon foams, graphene, carbon nanotubes, etc., including fabrication processing methods


About WRI

Western Research Institute (WRI), located in Laramie, Wyoming, is a multi-million dollar, not-for-profit, research organization renowned for work in advanced energy systems, environmental technologies and highway materials research and technologies.  Our broad perspectives and know-how in science, technology and real-world, on-the-ground conditions attract industrial partners from corporations, industry associations, government entities, and other research organizations.  We advance client technologies from concept to bench scale through pilot testing and commercialization.  With the Federal Highway Administration, WRI has conducted concentrated research that has supported breakthroughs in materials knowledge, leading to safer, longer-lasting roads. This, and a long record of successful development with the Department of Energy is experience we bring to bear to meet our clients’ needs




Jean-Pascal Planche
WRI CEO & APT Senior Vice President
Asphalt & Petroleum Technology


Latest News


Jean-Pascal Planche - MESAT Webinar & ISAP DAY 2021-APE Presenter

Oct 8, 2021
Jean-Pascal Planche will present at the MESAT Webinar on October 14, 2021 and ISAP DAY 2021 - APE on November 23, 2021

Board Members Honored With Title Director Emeritus

Oct 6, 2021
At the September quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors, they recognized two long-term members of the Board by honoring them with the title of Director Emeritus.

Western Research Institute has prevailed in a major intellectual property (IP) dispute against Chevron in the US Federal Circuit Court in Washington, DC on November 4, 2020

Aug 2, 2021
Western Research Institute (WRI), a nonprofit entity with headquarters in Laramie, WY has prevailed in a major intellectual property (IP) dispute against Chevron in the US Federal Circuit Court in Washington, DC on November 4, 2020. As a result of the appeals court ruling, the Patent Office’s validation on May 4, 2021 of US patent 10,994,252, Methods for Estimating a Property of a Hydrocarbon, was also validated for WRI by the US Federal Circuit.


May 5, 2021
Jean-Pascal Planche has served in the role of CEO and Senior VP Asphalt and Petroleum Technologies since February 2020.