My research focuses on development of innovative technologies related to conversion processes for the production of fuels and chemicals to support the chemical, biotechnology, food, energy and environmental industries. This includes bioprocess engineering and process development for bioconversion of gases, sugars and waste materials into various products, examining biocatalysts and novel microorganisms, process modeling and simulation, reactor design and scale-up.
Other focus areas of my research include upgrading of pyrolysis oil to hydrocarbon fuels, carbon capture and utilization, minimization of water usage in processing, and water treatment and reuse. My research program encompasses laboratory experimentation and modeling to investigate cutting edge, innovative concepts that can be applied in establishing sustainable biorefineries in the nation and the world. My research team is leading the way towards the development of the gasification-syngas fermentation hybrid technology among other conversion technologies are being developed at OSU. The development of a biorefinery industry can enhance our economy not only with the petroleum-based products, but also with biofuels and biobased products.