Chemical engineering to host seminar on integrated forest biorefineries

Published: Sep 13, 2010 9:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334-844-3447

Shri Ramaswamy, bioproducts and biosystems engineering department head at the University of Minnesota, will talk on integrated forest biorefinery at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, in 136 Ross Hall. His seminar is part of the distinguished lecture series sponsored by Auburn University’s Department of Chemical Engineering.

Ramaswamy will discuss modern pulp mills and the evolution to integrated forest biorefineries that produce cellulose fiber, fuel-grade ethanol, chemicals and additional energy for increased revenue and profits, as well as lower greenhouse gas emissions. Through a process using Aspen Plus, WinGEMS and Excel, Ramaswamy’s group has developed a comprehensive model to compare three integrated biorefinery scenarios. By using these simulated results, researchers have a better understanding of economic and environmental benefits, as well as impacts of modifying conventional pulp mills into integrated biorefineries.

Ramaswamy holds degrees in paper science engineering and chemical engineering and conducts research in industrial experience in process engineering, process research and development and chemical applications in technology development. His research interests also include transport through porous media, structure-property relationships, bio-based polymers properties and performance and integrated biorefining. He is a member of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry and American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Contributed by Elizabeth Mahaney