Dr. Sandeep Kumar
Biomass Research Laboratory Director
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Kumar earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University in May 2010. His current research focuses on the application of sub- and super-critical water technology for the conversion of biomass/algae to advanced biofuels and bioproducts. Dr. Kumar’s areas of interest are supercritical fluids (CO2 and water), biofuels, catalysis, and the applications of chemical and environmental engineering concepts to produce alternative fuels. His expertise is in high temperature and high pressure reactions involving biomass components such as proteins, lipids, cellulose, hemicelluloses, and lignin.
Dr. Kumar possesses more than fifteen years of professional experience in industry, R&D, and academic research in the area of carbon black, nuclear fuels, and biofuels with responsibilities in new process development, process engineering and project management. Dr. Kumar started his professional career in 1994 as a process engineer and was a certified project management professional (PMP®) between year 2007 - 2011.
Dr. Kumar has served as a reviewer/panelist for several scientific international journals and grant agencies. He has successfully secured and managed several external research grants including the prestigious NSF CAREER award, EPA/P3, and industry sponsors.
Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Auburn University
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Birsa Institute of Technology
137C Kaufman Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529