Jagannadh Satyavolu, PhD

Dr. Satyavolu is the Theme Leader for Biofuels & Biomass Conversion at the Conn Center. His research focus is in developing cost-effective process technologies for biomass processing, novel separations for C5 and C6 sugars from biomass, synthetic pathways to convert the sugars to values added bioproducts, and integrated biorefineries.  His research interests also include technologies dealing with the production of biogas, biohydrogen, and drop-in biocoal products.  At Conn Center is to develop technologies and in such a way that the cost of biofuel production is comparable to costs from synthetic sources. To this extent, he identifies the most suitable biomasses, promotes business and commercial relationships among biomass growers and biofuel producers and develops integrated processes to produce C5, C6, and lignin - platform of biofuels and biochemical intermediates.

Dr. Satyavolu has 30 years of experience in commercial business leadership roles, operations and capital project management, product and process technology development, industrial application research, and academia. His research and commercial implementation projects included lignocellulosic biomass conversion for energy, chemicals, paper and other industrial markets; waste to energy conversion technologies; process integration and economics; water treatment and recycle; and new product/process development for chemical, food, and biotechnology industries. Prior to joining Conn Center, he worked at Cargill, Georgia Institute of Technology, Battelle Labs, and the Ohio State University.

Dr. Satyavolu received his PhD (1989) and MS (1984) in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a BTech (1982) in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University in India. He had several publications and holds 20 US and international patents. He has lead multiple projects from concept to commercialization. He joined the Conn Center in 2011.

Sachin Handa, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dept of Chemistry

2320 S Brook St.

University of Louisville

Louisville KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-5977

Email: s0hand02@louisville.edu

Education:

Postdoctoral Associate, University of California, 2013-2016

Ph.D. Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, 2009-2013

Research interests:

(1) Sustainable nano-catalysis and material chemistry

(2) Ligand design for asymmetric catalysis

(3) Medicinal chemistry

Paul Himes, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dept of Biology

139 Life Sciences Bldg.

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone: (502) 852-6771

Fax: (502) 852-0725

Email: paul.himes@louisville.edu

Education:

Ph. D., Michigan State University, 2009

Research interests:

Microbiology, molecular genetics

Kunal Kate, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dept of Chemistry

John Shumaker Research Bldg., Room 247

University of Louisville

Louisville KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-0684

Email: kunal.kate@louisville.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Materials Science, 2015, Oregon State University

M.S., Materials Science, 2012, Oregon State University

B. E., Chemical Engineering 2009, Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Research interests:

Developing biodegradable polymer composite scaffolds for tissue engineering and bone fabrications, and sustainable polymer-plant fiber composites for structural applications. In this work Dr. Kate is studying the material-structure-property relations and interrelationships between material composition and process conditions on FDM 3D printing. Additionally, Dr. Kate is working on developing materials and design structures out of polymer elastomers and graphite/grapheme-based composites for wear resistances and energy applications. This work builds from his experience in testing fabricated design structures for mechanical wear and strengths along with modeling material properties and testing design structures with FEA analysis.

Mike Nantz, PhD

Professor

Dept of Chemistry

Chemistry building, Room 138B

University of Louisville

Louisville KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-8069

Fax: (502) 852-8149

Email: michael.nantz@louisville.edu

Education:

1981 B.S.   Western Kentucky University

1987 Ph.D. Purdue University

1987-1989 MIT

1989-2006 UC Davis

Research interests:

(1) Vectors for non-viral gene therapy

(2) Drug delivery

(3) Functionalized nanoparticles

(4) Synthetic methodology

Mark Running, PhD

Associate Professor

Dept of Biology

139 Life Sciences Bldg.

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone: (502) 852-6771

Fax: (502) 852-0725

Email: mprunn01@Louisville.edu

Education:

Postdoctoral research, 1997-2002, University of California Berkeley

Ph.D. Genetics, 1997, California Institute of Technology

B.A. Summacumlaude, Biology, 1990, Pomona College

Research interests:

(1) Meristem maintenance and pattern formation

(2) Cell fate determination

(3) Drought tolerance

(4) Biofuels

Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Ernst Hall, Room 216

University of Louisville

Louisville KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-6737

Email: n0sath01@louisville.edu

Education:

Ph.D., BioSystems Eng., 2011, Virginia Tech, VA

M.S., Chem. Eng. & Applied Econ., 2007, Auburn University, AL

M.S., Mechanical Eng., 2003, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, IL

B.S. Chemical Eng., 1999, Thammasat University, Thailand

Research interests:

(1) Renewable advanced fuels (diesel & jet) and fine chemicals from biomass

(2) Novel catalysts including bio-inspired materials, MOFs, mesoporous, and water-tolerant Lewis acids

(3) Adsorption/conversion of CO2 to C1-C2 building blocks

David Schultz, PhD

Associate Professor

Dept of Biology

139 Life Sciences Bldg.

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-6771

Fax: (502) 852-0725

Education:

2007 - present Associate Professor of Biology, University of Louisville

2001 - 2006     Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Louisville

1996 - 2001     Postdoctoral research associate, Michigan State University (Dr. John Ohlrogge’s Lab)

1992-1996       Ph.D. – Genetics, The Pennsylvania State University, (Graduate mentors: Drs. Richard Craig, June Medford and Ralph Mumma)

1990-1992       M.S. – Plant and Soil Sciences, The University of Delaware

1986-1990       B.S. (honors) Horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University

Research interests:

(1) Molecular genetics, biotechnology, and biochemistry

(2) production of unusual lipids and secondary metabolites in plants

(3) trichome mediated pest resistance in Pelargonium xhortorum (geranium)

Gamini Sumanasekera, PhD

Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ernst Hall, Room 314

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Email: gamini.sumanasekera@louisville.edu

Phone: (502)-852-1558

Fax: (502)-852-0742

Education:

Ph.D., Physics, 1995, Indiana University

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Kentucky (1995-1999)

Senior Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University (1999-2002).

 

Research interests:

Experimental Condensed Matter

Zhihui Sun, PhD

Professor

Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Acting Chair

W.S. Speed Bldg., Room 112

University of Louisville

Louisville KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-4583

Email: z0sun002@louisville.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Northwestern University, Civil Engineering, 2005

M.E., National University of Singapore, Civil Engineering, 2001

B.S., Tongji University, Civil Engineering, 1995

Research interests:

Dr. Sun's research interests focus on construction materials, early-age properties of concrete, nondestructive testing, microstructure, and numerical simulation. She studies hydration kinetics of cementitious materials for concrete; material characterizing on nano/micro-structural level for concrete during setting; micro-structure and mechanical properties of recycled aggregate concrete; testing and health monitoring of concrete at early age.

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