Sockwell Hall

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.