Major Responsibilities/Research Interests
My research program focuses on the value-added processing of agricultural crops with a special focus on separation and conversion technologies. A major focus is the use of supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) technology for the processing of lipids and nutraceuticals. The development of technology through better understanding of the fundamental principles governing this process and evaluation of the products are our main focus. The use of SC-CO2 in my program involves the unit operations of extraction, fractionation, reactions, particle formation and membrane separations as well as a combination of these operations to develop novel processes. Grain fractionation technology development focusing on value-added processing of especially barley, oats, wheat and triticale is another major area. The goal is the recovery of high-value components such as beta-glucan and evaluation of the functional properties and product applications of the various grain fractions.