K.C. Das, Ph.D.

Professor

Advancing bioenergy solutions

Dr. Das has worked in research, outreach and teaching related to biomass management for over 20 years, focusing on processes for value addition and new product creation. Focus areas of his work include bioconversion and thermochemical conversion of biomass to energy and chemical feedstocks, and development of an integrated biorefinery. This includes pyrolysis, gasification, anaerobic digestion, and composting for conversion of waste to energy or products. Through his research, he has authored or co-authored 54 peer reviewed journal articles, six book chapters, 106 conference papers, and he has participated as principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI in over 50 federal, state, or industry funded projects (totaling over $4 million). He teaches senior-level engineering process design and environmental engineering courses at the University of Georgia.

Education
  • Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Ohio State University, 1995
  • M.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering – University of Georgia, 1991
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering – Anna University in India, 1989
Professional Appointments
  • Director, Biorefinery and Carbon Cyclying Program, University of Georgia, 2003 – 2018
  • Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, University of Georgia, 2010 – 2016
  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia, 2005 – 2010
  • Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, 1995 – 2005
Other Professional Experience

Founder and President, Sustainable Solutions International, LLC, 2012 – 2017

Areas of Expertise
  • Biomass Conversion – Thermal and Biological
  • Bioenergy
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Carbon Cycling
Publications
Patents
  • Torrefaction reduction of coke formation on catalysts used in esterification and cracking of biofuels from pyrolysed lignocellulosic feedstocks
    U.S. Patent 9,175,235
  • Production of higher quality bio-oils by in-line esterification of pyrolysis vapor (not listed first)
    U.S. Patent 8,900,416

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