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Birendra Adhikari, Ph.D.https://bios.inl.gov/Lists/Researcher/DisplayOverrideForm.aspx?ID=186Birendra Adhikari, Ph.D.Birendra Adhikari is a postdoctoral chemical engineer with a background in membrane separation applications. As a doctoral student in University of Colorado Boulder, he worked on several membrane separation projects in the area of biofuel production and optimization. Most recently, he worked on a collaborative project at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he successfully designed and demonstrated a membrane-based continuous enzymatic hydrolysis reactor that produced sugar out of lignocellulosic biomass. Since arriving at Idaho National Laboratory, he has been working with Dr. Aaron Wilson in the area of water purification using forward osmosis technique with novel draw solute called “switchable polarity solvents.” Birendra’s primary duty is to design and demonstrate a pilot-scale water purification system using SPS by tackling the potential challenges of this novel technique. Birendra has won several awards; most notably University of Colorado Travel Award and Purdue University Big 10+ Graduate Expo Travel Award. He earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering and master's in chemical engineering from University of Colorado Boulder, and his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.​<div class="ExternalClass35F942744019437EAA8EA4BF80FCF630"><p>​​Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering  - University of Colorado<br>M.S., Chemical Engineering - University of Colorado<br>B.S., Chemical Engineering - Texas A&M University</p></div><div class="ExternalClassF239F21B3FAE4E4EB8CEC2D19B1EF515"><p>Switchable polarity solvents</p><p>Water purification</p><p>Membrane separation</p></div><div class="ExternalClass0F903EA36A414EFAAC6F7E5D39A8A18B"><p>​​American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)    <br>North American Membrane Society</p></div><div class="ExternalClassB3566C7696C449298413FBA9756AAE02"><p>​B. Adhikari, J. Pellegrino. Life-cycle (LCA) analysis of five microalgae-to-biofuels processes of varying complexity. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (2015).</p><p> </p><p>L. Amer, B. Adhikari, J. Pellegrino. Technoeconomic analysis of five microalgae-to-biofuels processes of varying complexity. Bioresource Technology (2011).</p></div>Chemical Processing;Net Zero Waste in Manufacturinghttps://bios.inl.gov/BioPhotos/Birendra%20Adhikari.jpg<div class="ExternalClass0E77D576ACE541D1A52BD95E3834E09D"><p>LinkedIn</p><p>ResearchGate</p></div>Postdoctoral Chemical Engineer<div class="ExternalClassEFFF90807DFB4EAB91EDF4CA1D1CCE1A"><p>​B. Adhikari, D. Sievers, J. Stickel and J. Pellegrino. Development of a membrane-based separation process for the continuous enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass. AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2015. (Podium presentation)</p><p><br>B. Adhikari, D. Sievers, J. Stickel and J. Pellegrino. Development of a membrane-based separation process for the continuous enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass. North American Membrane Society Annual Conference, Boston, MA, June 2015. (Podium presentation)</p><p><br>B. Adhikari, D. Sievers, J. Stickel and J. Pellegrino. Development of a membrane-based separation process for the continuous enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass. 249th American Chemical Society Annual Conference, Denver, CO March 2015. (Podium presentation)</p><p><br>B. Adhikari, D. Sievers, J. Stickel and J. Pellegrino. Development of a membrane-based separation process for the continuous enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic biomass. 36th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, Tampa FL, April 2014. (Poster and podium presentation)</p><p><br>B. Adhikari, R. Sobke, M. Schnider, M. Pozewitz and J. Pellegrino. Wet algae lipids extraction through solvent optimization. The Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels Semi Annual Meeting, March 2013. (Podium presentation)</p><p><br>B. Adhikari and P. Balbuena. Analysis of detachment of oxidized Platinum ions from platinum surfaces in acid medium. American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 2008. (Poster)</p></div>birendra.adhikari@inl.gov

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