Bioprocessing and Fermentation Laboratory
Room 137, Sockwell Hall
Capabilities and instrumentation
- Agricultural and environmental engineering
- Fermentation and testing using bench-top fermentors.
- Designing and testing pilot-scale fermentation systems.
- Anaerobic digestion and testing using bench-top digesters.
- Designing and testing pilot-scale digestion systems.
- Value-added product development.
- Waste utilization.
- Cell culturing and bacterial counting to determine cell viability.
- Chemical analysis by liquid chromatography.
- Chemical analysis by electrochemical methods (YSI Industrial analyzer).
- Landfill gas analysis by GEM-500.
- Product separation by ion exchange and membrane separation.
- Designing and testing bioreactors.
- Designing and testing photovoltaic electric generation systems.
- Determining physical, chemical and thermal characteristics of solid biofuels.
- Development of web-based instructional materials for distance education.
- Production of value-added products from cheese whey, including polymers and antimicrobial compounds.
- Production of methane fuel from animal wastes. Production of hydrogen fuel by microbial fermentation.
- Development of an automated egg packaging system.
- Assessing renewable energy potential of wood waste and agricultural residues in North Carolina.
- Determining the technical performance and economic feasibility of thin-film photovoltaic modules in a residential environment.
- Demonstrating the reliability and the performance of a 25-kW Sterling engine and a 5-kW proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell.