Research Labs & Groups

Bio Energy Testing and Analysis Laboratory
The BioEnergy Testing and Analysis Laboratory (BETA Lab) was envisioned to be a testing and analysis facility for biofuels produced in many biorefineries in the US. It will also have capability for biofuel characterization to establish standards for new biofuels including work on process design optimization in all aspects of biofuel production. The lab has several biomass conversion systems for various biomass conversion processes.

Contact: Dr. Sergio Capareda


Biological Engineering Sensor Technologies Lab
The B.E.S.T. lab is a home to sensor-development research projects that pertain to agricultural and biological systems. We use several instruments to measure physical and biological phenomena, such as spectrometers, particle-size analyzers, video-microscopes, etc. We also have the capability to do biochemical experiments and develop electronic hardware. A lot of what we do is research and development for optoelectronic sensors that will be used on agricultural field machines, but we are also developing sensors for control of commercial algae production.

Contact: Dr. Alex Thomasson


Bioseparations Lab
The Bioseparations Lab is committed to advances in bioprocessing and bioseparations of recombinant proteins and peptides expressed in transgenic systems. The main research focus of the Lab is solving unique bioprocessing challenges posed by diverse transgenic plant systems.

Contact: Dr. Zivko Nikolov


Center for Agricultural Air Quality & Engineering Science
The mission of the CAAQES is to provide the research, technology transfer, and educational programs that will result in appropriate regulation of agricultural operations, rapid adoption of new air pollution abatement technology, as well as increase the number of graduates pursuing careers in environmental air quality fields.

Contact: Dr. Calvin Parnell


Food Engineering
Food engineering is the application of engineering principles to the storage, processing and distribution of food materials and their bio-products. It requires a sound engineering education, as well as fundamental training in chemistry and food science.

Contact: Dr. Rosana Moreira


Food Nanoscale Engineering Lab
The Nanoscale Food Engineering lab develops nanomaterials for food safety and quality applications. Both fundamental and more immediately applied research in functional delivery systems and biosensor technologies are studied by our group. We are currently working on the design of colloidal dispersions (nanoemulsions, nanoparticles) for controlled release of active compounds (i.e., antimicrobials, antioxidants, and other nutraceuticals) in food systems and electrochemical biosensors for real-time foodborne pathogen detection using nanotechnology approaches.

Contact: Dr. Carmen Gomes


Food Safety Engineering Laboratory
The food safety engineering group provides expertise in the area of food irradiation using electron beam technology. The FSEL focuses on research, teaching, and extension addressing the application of e-beam radiation.

Contact: Dr. Rosana Moreira


Nanoscale Biological Engineering Laboratory
Our vision of science-based problem solving in Bio-Inorganic Hybrid Catalytic Systems guides our education and research programs. We’re problem solvers who use molecular level (Nano) manipulation approaches to develop catalytic materials with novel functionalities.

Contact: Dr. Sandun Fernando


Nexus Research Group
Developing and outlining policies and strategies for global resources security, especially for arable soils and water, are critical for the healthy future of our planet. Facing the challenges of climate change, understanding and optimizing agricultural practices, managing agricultural and ecological systems, are key points that require development. We are developing the tools to provide societies and their policy makers the information to address these needs.

Contact: Dr. Rabi Mohtar


Vadose Zone Research Group
The Vadose Zone Research Group is engaged in state-of-the-science research in a wide range of topics related to the unsaturated zone between the land surface and ground water. We aim to further the frontiers of knowledge in the water, conservative/reactive chemical, and heat transport measurement, modeling, and parameter estimation in the vadose zone from pore scale to global scale under engineered, agricultural, range, and suburban land covers/management practices and various hydro-climatic conditions as well as evolving climate change scenarios.

Contact: Dr. Binayak Mohanty

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