Senthil Chinnasamy

NAME Senthil Chinnasamy
TITLE Postdoctoral Research Associate
DEPARTMENT Biological and Agricultural Engineering
PHONE 706-542-0940
FAX 706-542-8806
ADDRESS Driftmier Engineering Center
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602
EDUCATION Ph.D., Microbiology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
M.Sc., Microbiology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
B.Sc., Agriculture, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India
RESEARCH INTERESTS Microalgae mediated biofuel production, Bioenergy, Biodiesel, Bioremediation, Composting, Fermentation

Senthil Chinnasamy


Dr. Senthil Chinnasamy is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. He is currently working with Dr. K.C. Das in the UGA Biorefining and Carbon Cycling Program.

He has vast experience in commercial scale cultivation of sugarcane and bioethanol production from sugarcane molasses. He has been working on the eco-friendly treatment and utilization of molasses based ethanol industry effluents for the last 10 years. He has developed a unique zero liquid discharge "composting technology" for the treatment and utilization of ethanol industry effluent and sugar industry wastes into eco-friendly organic manure for horticulture, agriculture and aquaculture applications. He has worked in research and outreach related to environmental biotechnology for over 10 years. He has seven years of research experience in microalgae and more than 10 years of industrial research experience in the field of bioconversion of industrial wastes into value added products.

His present research focus includes microalgae cultivation using industrial and agricultural waste streams for the production of biofuel/biodiesel and anaerobic digestion of poultry farm wastes for on-farm energy production. He is involved in the following research projects of UGA Biorefining and Carbon Cycling Program:

  • Microalgae mediated biodiesel production using Dalton Utilities wastewater
  • Integrated poultry litter management with biofuel production
  • On-farm production of microalgae and biogas
  • Treatment and utilization of compost yard leachates using microalgae for the production of renewable biomass and bioenergy
  • Dry anaerobic digestion of poultry mortality and litter for on-farm energy production


Felix, S., T. Francis, K. Mohan Naidu, S. Chinnasamy, and P. Herald Robins. 2006. Sugar industry by-products as plankton boosters and yield enhancers in carp culture systems, Aquaculture Asia, XI (2): 19-22.

Vidhya, S., V. Rameshkannan. and S. Chinnasamy. 2001. A Low-cost "Green House Independent" Hardening Technology for Micropropagated Sugarcane Plantlets, SISSTA Sugar Journal, 26: 35-36.

Chinnasamy, S., G. Sathiyamoorthi and K. Sudhakaran. 1999. Solid-state fermentation—A biotechnological remedy to manage pressmud and distillery spentwash in an integrated sugar complex, SISSTA Sugar Journal, 24: 267-271.

Chinnasamy, S. and S.K. Goyal. 1996. Inorganic carbon assimilation in algae and its response to elevated levels of carbon dioxide, Phycos 35 (1 & 2): 1-22.

Chinnasamy, S., J.F. Suresh, and B.D. Kaushik. 1994. Sodium uptake by halosensitive and halotolerant Calothrix sp. in response to salt stress, Indian Journal of Experimental Biology 32: 63-64.

Chinnasamy, S., P. Roychoudhury, and B.D. Kaushik. 1993. Lipid profiles of halosensitive Calothrix marchica and halotolerant Calothrix bharadwajae, Indian Journal of Microbiology 33 (4): 281-285.