Samir Kumar Khanal, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

We are faced with concerns of climate change, increased global demand on nonrenewable energy resources, national energy insecurity, growing food insecurity, and continuous exploitation of limited natural resources. Sustainability requires research and technology development that addresses above stated issues. This presentation is about a new paradigm: examining an integrated approach in converting renewable bioresources into bioenergy/biobased products with concomitant protection of our fragile environment. The speaker will share some of his on-going research activities in the field of bioenergy/biobased products and environmental biotechnology.

About the Speaker: Dr. Samir Kumar Khanal is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and Collaborating Professor at Iowa State University. Dr. Khanal obtained Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with focus in Environmental Biotechnology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong in 2002. Dr. Khanal’s research focuses on bioenergy/biobased products and environmental biotechnology. Dr. Khanal has over 60 refereed journal publications since 2003. He is a co-recipient of R&D 100 Award in 2008. Dr. Khanal also published a book "Anaerobic Biotechnology for Bioenergy Production: Principles and Application" (Wiley-Blackwell) and is a lead editor of another bioenergy book entitled "Bioenergy and Biofuel from Biowastes and Biomass" (American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Khanal is a registered professional engineer in the state of Iowa.

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