Deepak Kumar | Chemical Engineering | SUNY-ESF
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Deepak KumarAssistant Professor

Deepak Kumar

402 Walters Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6503 | 315-470-6501


  • Bio-based circular economy
  • Novel fermentation technologies
  • Enzyme application and kinetics
  • Modeling and multi-objective optimization of biological and chemical processes
  • Techno-Economic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA)

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  • BPE 300 Introduction to Industrial Bioprocessing
  • PSE 361 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • BPE 496 Bioprocess Engineering Simulations 
  • PSE 370/570 Principles of Mass and Energy Balances
  • BPE 797 Bioprocess Engineering Seminar


  • Ph.D. Biological and Ecological Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, 2014
  • M.S. Agricultural Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, 2009
  • B.Tech. Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, India, 2006


  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY (August, 2019 – Present)
  • Adjunct Research Scientist, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (August, 2019 – Present)
  • Research Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (August, 2018 – August, 2019)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (October, 2015 - August, 2018)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (December, 2014 - October, 2015)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Biological and Ecological Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (October, 2009 – October, 2014)

PUBLICATIONS (Peer-Review Journal Articles)

  • Kumar, D., Long, S.P., Arora, A., Singh, V. (2021) Techno-economic feasibility analysis of engineered energycane-based biorefinery co-producing biodiesel and ethanol. GCB Bioenergy. Accepted, In Press
  • Thomas, C.M., Scheel, R.A., Nomura, C.T., Ramarao, B.V., Kumar, D. (2021) Production of polyhydroxybutyrate and polyhydroxybutyrate-co-MCL copolymers from brewer’s spent grains by recombinant Escherichia coli LSBJ. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. Accepted, In Press
  • Kurambhatti, C., Lee, J.W., Jin, Y.S., Juneja, A., Kumar, D., Rausch, K, Tumbelson, M., Bekal, S. and Singh, V. (2021) Process design and techno-economic analysis of 2’-fucosyllactose enriched distiller’s dried grains with solubles production in dry grind ethanol process using genetically engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Bioresource Technology. Accepted, In Press
  • Liu, H., Kumar, V., Jia, L., Sarsaiya, S., Kumar, D., Juneja, A., Zhang, Z., Sindhu, R., Binod, P., Bhatia, S.K., Awasthi, M.K (2021) Biopolymer poly-hydroxyalkanoates (PHA) production from apple industrial waste residues: A review, Chemosphere. Accepted, In Press
  • Gadkari, S., Kumar, D., Qin, Z., Lin, C., Kumar, V. (2021) Life cycle analysis of fermentative production of succinic acid from bread waste. Waste Management. Accepted, In Press
  • Ji, A., Jia, L., Kumar, D., Yoo, C.G. (2021) Recent Advancements in Biological Conversion of Industrial Hemp for Biofuel and Value-Added Products. Fermentation, 7:6
  • Kumar, S., Ghosh, P., Kataria, N., Kumar, D., Thakur, S., Pathania, D., Kumar, V., Nasrullah, M., Singh, L. (2021) The role of conductive nanoparticles in anaerobic digestion: mechanism, current status and future perspectives. Chemosphere. Accepted, In Press
  • Kurambhatti, C., Kumar, D., and Singh, V. (2021) Technical and economic feasibility of an integrated ethanol and anthocyanin coproduction process using purple corn stover. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining. Accepted, In Press
  • Hou, L., Kumar, D., Yoo, C.G., Gitzov, I., Majumder, E.L.W (2021). Conversion and Removal Strategies for Plastics in Wastewater Treatment Plants and Landfills. Chemical Engineering Journal, 406: 126715
  • Awasthi, M.K., Ferreira, J.A., Sirohi, R., Sarsaiya, S., Khoshnevisan, B., Baladi, S., Sindhu, R., Binod, P., Pandey, A., Juneja, A., Kumar, D., Zhang, Z., Taherzadeh, M.J. (2021) A critical review on the development stage of biorefinery systems towards the management of apple processing-derived waste. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 143: 110972
  • Mishra, P., Wahida, Z.A., Karim, A., Pant, K.K., Ghosh, P., Kumar, D., Singh, L. (2021) Chronological perspective on fermentative-hydrogen from hypothesis in the 19th century to recent developments: A review Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. Accepted, In Press.
  • Qin, S., Giri, B.S., Patel, A.K., Sar, T., Liu, H., Chen, H., Juneja, A., Kumar, D., Zhang, Z., Awasthi, M.K., Taherzadeh, M.D. (2021) Resource recovery and biorefinery potential of apple orchard waste in the circular bioeconomy. Bioresource Technology, 321, 124496
  • Kumar, D., Mickel, J., Basu, R., Singh, V. (2020) Enhancing ethanol yields in corn dry grind process by reducing glycerol production. Cereal Chemistry. Accepted, In Press
  • Juneja, A., Kumar, D., Singh, V.K., Yadvika, Singh, V. (2020) Chemical Free Two-Step Hydrothermal Pretreatment to Improve Sugar Yields from Energy Cane. Energies13, 5805.
  • Kaur, G.J., Kumar, D., Orsat, V., Singh. A. (2020) Assessment of carrot rejects and wastes for food product development and as a biofuel. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. Accepted, In Press
  • Jia, Y., Kmar, D., Winkler-Moser, Dien, B., Singh, V. (2020) An efficient pretreatment process to improve recoveries of oil and hydrolyzed sugars from corn germ meal, a model feedstock for lipid producing energy crops. Energies. Accepted, In Press 
  • Jampana, S., Jia, L, Ramarao, B.V., Kumar, D. (2020) Experimental Investigation of the Adsorption and Desorption of Cellulase Enzymes on Zeolite – β for Enzyme Recycling Applications. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering. Accepted, In Press.
  • Shanmugam, S., Hari, A., Kumar, D., Rajendran, K., Mathimani, T., Atabani, A.E., Kathirvel, B., Pugazhendhi, A. (2020)Recent developments and strategies in genome engineering and integrated fermentation approaches for biobutanol production from microalgae. Fuel, 285: 119052  
  • Kurambhatti, C., Kumar, D., Rausch, K, Tumbelson, M. and Singh, V. (2020) Improving technical and economic feasibility of water based anthocyanin recovery from purple corn using staged extraction approach. Industrial Crops & Products. 158:112976. 
  • Khalid, Z.B., Rashid, M., Nasrullah, M., Bari, B.S., Abd Wahid, Z., Singh, L., Kumar, D., Krishnan, S. (2020) Prediction and optimization of biogas production from POME codigestion in solar bioreactor using Artificial Neural Network coupled with particle swarm optimization(ANN-PSO). Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. DOI:
  • Brar, A., Kaur, P., Kaur, G., Subramanian, J., Kumar, D., Singh, A. (2020) Optimization of process parameters for foam-mat drying of peaches. International Journal of Fruit Science, Accepted, In Press.  
  • Shanmuganathan, R., Yadav, G., Shanmugam, S., Sivaramakrishnan, R., Kumar, D., Mathimani, T., Brindhadevi, K., Pugazhendhi, A., Rajendran, K. (2020) Mechanism and challenges behind algae as a wastewater treatment choice for bioenergy production and beyond. Fuel, 285:119093 
  • Cortes-Peña, Y., Kumar, D., Singh, V., Guest, J.S. (2020) BioSTEAM: A fast and flexible simulation platform for the techno-economic analysis of biorefineries under uncertainty. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 8, 8, 3302-3310.
  • Parajuli, S., Kannan, B., Karan, R., Sanahuja, G., Liu, H., Garcia, E., Kumar, D., Singh, V., Zhao, H., Long, S.P., Shanklin, J., Altpeter, F. (2020) Towards oilcane: engineering hyperaccumulation of triacylglycerol into sugarcane stems. GCB Bioenergy, Accepted, In Press.
  • Kumar, D., Hager, A.S., Sun, A., Debyser, W., Guaglianao, B.J. and Singh, V. (2019) Improving fermentation rate during use of corn grits in beverage alcohol production. Beverages, 5: 5 
  • Kumar, D., Singh, V. (2019) Improving dry‐fractionated corn fermentation by supplementation of corn germ meal and pasta mill feed from agro‐food industries. Cereal Chemistry, 96: 243-251
  • Kurambhatti, C.V., Kumar, D. and Singh, V. (2019) Impact of fractionation process on the technical and economic viability of corn dry grind ethanol process. Processes, 7(9), 578
  • Zhang, Q., de Mejia, E.G., Luna-Vital, D., Tao, T., Chandrasekaran, S., Chatham, L., Juvik, J., Singh, V. and Kumar, D. (2019) Relationship of phenolic composition of selected purple maize (Zea mays L.) genotypes with their anti-inflammatory, anti-adipogenic and anti-diabetic potential. Food Chemistry, 289: 739-750
  • Kumar, D., Juneja, A. and Singh, V. (2018) Fermentation technology to improve productivity in dry grind corn process for bioethanol production. Fuel Processing Technology, 173:66-74
  • Kumar, D., Long, S.P., Singh, V. (2018) Bio-refinery for combined production of jet fuel and ethanol from lipid-producing sugarcane: A techno-economic evaluation. GCB Bioenergy, 10: 92-107
  • Somavat, P. *, Kumar, D. * and Singh, V. (2018) Techno-economic feasibility analysis of blue and purple corn processing for anthocyanin extraction and ethanol production using modified dry grind process. Industrial Crops and Products, 115: 78-87 (* equal authors)
  • Kurambhatti, C.V., Kumar, D., Rausch, K.D., Tumbleson, M.E. and Singh, V. (2018) Increasing ethanol yield through fiber conversion in corn dry grind process. Bioresource Technology, 270: 742-745
  • Kurambhatti, C.V., Kumar, D., Rausch, K.D., Tumbleson, M.E. and Singh, V. (2018) Ethanol production from corn fiber separated after liquefaction in the dry grind process. Energies11(11), 2921
  • Kumar, D. and Murthy, G.S. (2017) Development and validation of a stochastic molecular model of cellulose hydrolysis by action of multiple cellulase enzymes. Bioresources and Bioprocessing, 4:54
  • Juneja, A.*, Kumar, D.* and Singh, V. (2017) Germ soak water as nutrient source to improve fermentation of corn grits from modified corn dry grind process. Bioresources and Bioprocessing, 4: 38 (* equal authors)
  • Somavat, P., Li, Q., Kumar, D., de Mejia, E., Liu, W., Rausch, K.D., Juvik, J.A., Tumbleson, M.E., Singh, V. (2017) A new lab scale corn dry milling protocol generating commercial sized flaking grits for quick estimation of coproduct yield and composition. Industrial Crops and Products, 109: 92-100
  • Kumar, D. and Kalita, P. (2017) Reducing postharvest losses during storage of grain crops to strengthen food security in developing countries. Foods, 6: 8
  • Kumar, D. and Singh, V. (2016) Dry-grind processing using amylase corn and superior yeast to reduce the exogenous enzyme requirements in bioethanol production. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 9: 228
  • Williams, J.D., Robertson, D.S., Long, D.S., Wuest, S.B., Kumar, D., Juneja, A. and Murthy, G.S. (2016) Ethanol production potential from conservation buffers in the inland Pacific Northwest. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 8: 053102
  • Hohenschuh, W., Kumar, D., and Murthy, G.S. (2014) Economic and environmental life cycle assessment of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) production from GMO hybrid poplar leaves. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 6: 063113
  • Mochizuki, J., Yanagida, J., Kumar, D., Takara, D., and Murthy, G.S. (2014) Life cycle assessment of ethanol production from tropical Banagrass (Pennisetum purpureum) using green and dry processing technologies in Hawaii. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 6: 043128
  • Kumar, D., Prasad, S. and Murthy, G.S. (2014) Optimization of microwave-assisted hot air drying conditions of okra using response surface methodology. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 51: 221-232
  • Kumar, D. and Murthy, G.S. (2013) Stochastic molecular model of enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose for ethanol production. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 6: 63
  • Juneja, A., Kumar, D., and Murthy, G.S. (2013) Economic feasibility and environmental life cycle assessment of ethanol production from lignocellulosic feedstocks in Pacific Northwest U.S. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 5: 023142
  • Kumar, D., Juneja, A., Williams, J.D., and Murthy, G.S. (2012) Chemical composition and bioethanol potential of different plant species found in Pacific Northwest conservation buffers. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 4: 063114
  • Kumar, D. and Murthy, G.S. (2012) Life cycle assessment of energy and GHG emissions during ethanol production from grass straws using various pretreatment processes. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 17: 388-401
  • Kumar, D. and Murthy, G.S. (2011) Impact of pretreatment and downstream processing technologies on economics and energy use in cellulosic ethanol production. Biotechnology for Biofuels 4: 27
  • Kumar, D. and Murthy, G.S. (2011) Pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of grass straws for ethanol production in Pacific Northwest U.S. Biological Engineering, 3: 97-110
  • Juneja, A., Kumar, D., Williams, J.D., Wysocki, D.J. and Murthy, G.S. (2011) Potential for ethanol production from conservation reserve program lands in Oregon. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 3: 063102

PUBLICATIONS (Book Chapters)

  • Kumar, D. and Singh, V. (2020) Bioconversion of processing waste from agro-food industries to bioethanol: creating a sustainable and circular economy, Chapter 7 In C.S. Lin, G. Kaur, C. Li, X. Yang (ed.) Waste Valorisation: Waste Streams in a Circular Economy, Wiley, pp 161-182
  • Kumar, D. and Singh, V. (2018) Bioethanol production from corn, Chapter 22 In Sergio O. Serna-Saldivar (ed.) Corn: Chemistry and Technology, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA., pp 15-32
  • Juneja, A., Kumar, D., and Tumuluru, J.S. (2017) Hydrothermal liquefaction – a promising technology for high moisture biomass conversion, Chapter 11 In J.S.Tumuluru & J. Richard Hess (ed.) Biomass Preprocessing for Biofuels Production, CRC Press
  • Meghwal, M., Sowmya, H. T., Maherda, L., Kumar, D., and Kadeppagari, R.K. (2017) Emerging foodborne illnesses and their prevention, Chapter 4 In M. Meghwal and M.R. Goyal (ed.) State-of-the-Art Technologies in Food Science - Human Health, Emerging Issues and Specialty Topics, CRC Press
  • Kumar, D. and Murthy, G.S. (2016) Enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose for ethanol production: fundamentals, optimal Enzyme Ratio, and hydrolysis modeling, Chapter 7 In V.K. Gupta (ed.) New and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, pp 65-80
  • Kumar, D., Tiwari, G., and Murthy, G.S. (2012) Microwave and radio frequency heating of food products: Fundamentals, modeling and applications, In J.K. Sahoo (ed.) Introduction to Advanced Food Process Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, pp 3-30

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Anindita PaulAnindita Paul

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kumar
  • Area of Study: Bioprocess Engineering