K.C. Das


K.C. Das




College of Engineering—Biological and Agricultural Engineering/Biorefining and Carbon Cycling Program






Driftmier Engineering Center
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602




Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Ohio State University
M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Georgia
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Madras, India


Bioenergy, Biofuels, Bioproducts, Biodiesel, Fermentation, Thermochemical Processing, Pyrolysis, Gasification


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K.C. Das


Dr. K.C. Das is a Professor, Faculty of Engineering, and Director of the Biorefining and Carbon Cycling Program at the University of Georgia. He has worked in research, outreach, and teaching related to biomass management for over 15 years focusing on possesses for value addition and new product creation. Focus areas of his work include bioconversion and thermochemical conversion of biomass to energy and chemical feedstocks, and development of an integrated biorefinery. This includes pyrolysis, gasification, anaerobic digestion, and composting for conversion of waste to energy or products. Through his research, he has authored or coauthored 54 peer reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters, 106 conference papers, and he has participated as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI in over 50 federal, state, or industry funded projects (totaling over $4 million). He teaches senior level engineering process design and environmental engineering courses at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Das' research group currently has collaborative links with many UGA researchers and international groups in Colombia (Cenipalma), India (SRM University), Brasil (EMPRAPA), China (National Bamboo Research Center), Mexico (Univ. Coahuila), etc. Additionally Dr. Das has worked in technology transfer in Guyana (though Partners of the Americas).


Jena, U., K.C. Das, and J.R. Kastner. 2012.  Comparison of the effects of Na2CO3, Ca3(PO4)2 , and NiO catalysts on the thermochemical liquefaction of microalga Spirulina platensis.  Applied press. 

Jena, U. and K.C. Das. 2011.  Comparative evaluation of thermochemical liquefaction and pyrolysis for BioOil production from microalgae.  Energy & Fuels, 25(11):5472-5482

Hunt, R.W., S. Chinnasamy, and K.C. Das. 2011.  The effect of naphthalene-acetic acid on biomass productivity and chlorophyll content of green algae, coccolithophore, diatom and cyanobacteria cultures.  Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 164(8):1350-1365.

Vishwanathan, T., S. Mani, K.C. Das, S. Chinnasamy, and A. Bhatnagar. 2011.  Thin layer drying kinetics and chemical composition of microalgae consortium.  Transactions of the ASABE, 54(6):2245-2252

Hilten, R., R. Speir, J. Kastner and K.C. Das. 2011.  Production of gasoline-like fuel via catalytic pyrolysis of acidulated peanut oil soap stock.  Bioresource Technology [In Press]

Singh, M., D.L. Reynolds, and K.C. Das. 2011.  Microalgal system for treatment of effluent from poultry litter anaerobic digestion.  Bioresource Technology, 102(23):10841-10848.

Putt, R., M. Singh and K.C. Das. 2011.  An efficient system for carbonation of high-rate algae pond water to enhance CO2 mass transfer.  Bioresource Technology, 102(3):3240-45

Garcia, S., K. Jangid, W.B. Whitman, and K.C. Das. 2011.  Transition of microbial communities during the adaptation of anaerobic digestion of carrot waste.  Bioresource Technology, 102(15):7249-7256.

Jena, U., K.C. Das and J.R. Kastner. 2011.  Effect of operating conditions of thermochemical liquefaction on biocrude production from Spirulina platensis.  Bioresource Technology, 102, 6221-6229.

Bhatnagar, A., S. Chinnasamy, M. Singh and K.C. Das. 2010.  Renewable biomass production by mixotrophic algae in the presence of various carbon sources and wastewater.  Applied Energy, 88(10):3425-3431.

Jena, U., N. Vaidyanathan, S. Chinnasamy, and K.C. Das. 2010.  Evaluation of microalgae cultivation using recovered aqueous co-product from thermochemical liquefaction of algal biomass.  Bioresource Technology, 102(3):3380-87. 

Das, K.C., K. Singh, B.P. Bibens, R. Hilten, S.A. Baker, W.D. Greene and J.D. Peterson. 2010.  Pyrolysis characteristics of forest residues obtained from different harvesting methods.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 21(1):107-113. 

Singh, K., K. Lee, J. Worley, L.M. Risse and K.C. Das. 2010.  Anaerobic digestion of poultry litter – a Review.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 26(4):677-688.

Chinnasamy, S., A. Bhatnagar, R. Claxton and K.C. Das. 2010.  Biomass and bioenergy production potential of microalgae consortium in open and closed bioreactors using untreated carpet industry effluent as growth medium.  Bioresource Technology, 101(17):6751-60.

Hilten, R., R. Speir, J.R. Kastner, and K.C. Das. 2009.  Production of fuel from the catalytic cracking of pyrolyzed poultry DAF skimmings.  Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 88(1):30-38.

Hilten, R. and K.C. Das. 2009.  Comparison of three accelerated aging procedures to assess bio-oil stability.  Fuel 89(10): 2741-2749.

Chinnasamy, S., A. Bhatnagar, R.W. Hunt, and K.C. Das. 2010.  Microalgae cultivation in wastewater dominated by carpet mill effluents for biofuel applications.  Bioresource Technology 101(9):3097-3105.

Bhatnagar, A., M. Bhatnagar, S. Chinnasamy and K.C. Das. 2010.  Chlorella minutissima-A promising fuel alga for cultivation in municipal wastewaters.  Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 161(8):523-536.

Gaskin, J.W., R.A. Speir, D. Lee, K. Harris, L.A. Morris, K.C. Das and D. Fisher. 2010.  Effect of peanut hull and pine chip biochar on soil nutrients, corn nutrient status and yield.  Agronomy Journal, 102, 623-633.

Das, K. C., K. Singh, R. Adolphson, B. Hawkins, R. Oglesby, D. Lakly, and D. Day.  2010. Steam pyrolysis and catalytic steam reforming of biomass for hydrogen and biochar production. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 26(1):137-146