Researchers in the department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering working in the area of Biological Processing and Bioproducts.

  • Associate Professor of Wood Chemistry

Areas of Expertise

  • BS in Forestry and Wildlife, Forest Products Utilization Concentration, Minor in Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1997.
  • Ph.D. in Forest Products, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2004. Recipient of USDA National Needs Fellowship, and participant in the Center for Adhesive and Sealant Science (CASS) program activities, administered in the Chemistry Department. Coursework in wood science and polymer chemistry.
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Director, Graduate Studies
  • Affiliated Faculty of the The Rock Ethics Institute

Areas of Expertise

  • Nanocomposite materials and coatings
  • Crystalline nanocellulose production and characterization
  • Cellulose synthesis and assembly
  • Microbial cellulose production
  • Interaction of cellulose with other polysaccharides, proteins, and biologically derived polymers
  • Practical development of new biobased materials ranging from sustainable packaging to composites for construction to materials for healthcare.
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Development of emerging bioproducts
  • Additive manufacturing with lignocellulosic biomass
  • Applications of synthetic chemistry to lignin
  • Catalytic transformations of biomass
  • Spectroscopic characterization of bio-derived molecules
  • Associate Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Academic Program Coordinator, RESS Online Master's Program
  • BRS Graduate Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioenergy
  • Biomass Energy Systems
  • Thermochemical Conversion
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Solar Energy Resource Evaluation
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial Ecology
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Bioprocess and Food Safety Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioprocess Engineering/Fermentation: Bioconversion of agricultural raw and waste commodities into value added products including bioenergy/biofuels, microbial enzymes, organic acids, polysaccharides, antimicrobial agents; optimization; novel bioreactors; downstream processing.
  • Food Engineering/Food Safety : inactivation of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms by using novel non-thermal processing technologies including pulsed UV light, electrolyzed oxidizing water, and ozone.
  • Nationwide Insurance Professor of Safety & Health
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Safety
  • packaging & pallets
  • sustainable business
  • zero waste
  • sports greening
  • wood and paper industry
  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Areas of Expertise

  • Powder Mechanics – Research focus includes: fundamental powder and powder mixture properties, multi-scale constitutive models, and computational models for powder processes.
  • Food Processing – Research focus includes: engineering properties, and integrated multi-scale computational and predictive models.
  • Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Director of Penn State Institutes for Energy and the Environment
  • Bioenergy and Bioresource Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Lignocellulosic biomass conversion
  • Bioenergy
  • Manure conversion
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Associate Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology

Areas of Expertise

  • Synthetic Biology
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Modeling & Optimization
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioproducts Systems Analysis
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Biomass Valorization
  • Biosystems Techno-Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Assessment
  • Assistant Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Mechanics of Materials; Characterization of Physical and Mechanical Properties of Agricultural and Biological Materials
  • Powder Mechanics; Storage, Conveying, Mixing, Size Reduction, Flow, Segregation, and Compaction of Particulate Materials
  • Mathematical/numerical modeling, simulation and analysis of mechanical behavior of particulate materials and biological materials
  • Applying mechanical engineering theories to the problems involving biological and particulate materials including renewable energy and consumer products