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ESF Professor’s New Book Explores Sustainable Biorefining of Woody Biomass

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Jan. 24, 2024 – Dr. Deepak Kumar, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, published and edited the book “Sustainable Biorefining of Woody Biomass to Biofuels and Biochemicals,” which examines best practices in refining woody biomass that are good for the environment.

“The publication of Dr. Kumar’s book not only marks a significant contribution to the academic community, but also highlights the College’s commitment to cutting-edge research in bioenergy and renewable resources,” said ESF President Joanie Mahoney.

The book explores technologies and pathways for the sustainable valorization of woody biomass. The book delves into critical aspects such as biomass availability, advanced biorefinery technologies, and the economic and environmental sustainability of woody biomass-based biorefineries.

Kumar collaborated with a diverse group of ESF experts who served as authors to different chapters, including Drs. Chang G. Yoo and Bandaru Ramarao, Department of Chemical Engineering; Dr. Gyu Leem, Department of Chemistry; and Drs. Timothy Volk and Obste Therasme, Department of Sustainable Resources Management.


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.