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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

 

Zhang is a co-principle investigator on a National Science Foundation funded research project that seeks to find cost-effective ways to manufacture cellulosic biomass. He began collaborating on this project four years ago as a doctoral student with Pei and Wang.

BIOMAS PARTICLE SIZE + ENZYMATIC HYDROLYSIS SUGAR YIELD = OPTIMAL SIZE

Through his research, Zhang has found that currently there is no common method for determining the optimal particle size for reduction. As a result, he believes it may be possible that manufacturers are putting more energy into the production process than is necessary.

RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: What is the optimal size needed to turn cellulosic biomass into biofuel, while limiting the energy consumption used in the size-reduction process?

Zhang support img1. Investigate how particle-size reduction affects sugar and ethanol yields.

2. Compare different methods of particle-size reduction and their power consumption.

3. Determine the optimum method of particle reduction size. 


ADDITIONAL RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Cellulosic biomass preprocessing (pelleting and size reduction)
  • Relationships between cellulosic biomass structural features and enzymatic hydrolysis sugar yield
  • Natural fiber reinforced additive manufacturing 

 

MENG (PETER) ZHANG  |  785-352-3732  |  MENG@K-STATE.EDU