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Jagannadh Satyavolu, PhD
Theme Leader, Biomass and Biofuels

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Jagannadh Satyavolu, PhD, is the Theme Leader for Biomass and Biofuels focused on developing renewable feed streams for green fuel processing technology.

Dr. Satyavolu has 25 years of experience in commercial business leadership roles, operations and capital project management, product and process technology development, industrial application research, and academia. He has lead projects in lignocellulosic biomass conversion for energy, chemicals, paper and other industrial markets; waste to energy conversion technologies and implementation; 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.

His focus at the Conn Center is to develop technologies and promote business and commercial relationships among biomass producers and biofuel producers 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 and develops integrated processes to produce C5-platform of biofuels and biochemical intermediates.