Dr. Andro Mondala joins Western Michigan University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences this Fall 2013. Previously, he was appointed as a Senior Research Associate in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University on 2011. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines Los Baños on 2005 and his Ph.D. in Engineering from Mississippi State University on 2010.
Dr. Mondala’s graduate research focused on the development of a novel technology that integrates environmental bioremediation with sustainable biofuels and bioproducts generation. This process utilizes the naturally occurring microbial consortia in sewage sludge for biocrude (oil feedstock for biofuels) production via bioconversion of renewable carbon sources. His postdoctoral work at Mississippi State involved the scale-up of the biocrude production technology in which he led a multidisciplinary team in the design, installation, testing, and optimization of the Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) Biocrude Pilot Plant. He also led research efforts in the evaluation of agro-industrial wastewaters and residues, particularly from pulp and paper mills, as bioconversion substrates through partnerships with companies such as International Paper for potential deployment and integration of the technology in commercial-scale industrial wastewater treatment processes. Currently, this technology is at the commercial evaluation and licensing phase through the joint efforts of Mississippi State University and its exclusive technology licensee - Bio Energy Spectrum Solutions LLC, in which he serves as a technical advisor.
Dr. Mondala’s research program will focus on the sustainable reuse and reduction of agro-forestry, municipal, industrial, and biorefinery solid wastes and residues using bioconversion processes for the production of high value bioproducts and specialty chemicals such as fungal chitosan – a highly versatile biopolymer with wide-ranging applications. His program’s research activities will include efforts to develop and establish the scientific and engineering foundations to maximize fungal chitosan production using solid-state fermentation technologies and to investigate its novel applications in various research fields within the department and other academic units at Western Michigan University via collaborative partnerships. These will include pulp and paper recycling, printed electronics, drug delivery and biomedical research, advanced functional materials, environmental remediation, and plant disease and pest biocontrol
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