College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

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