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Dr. Joan Lynam

Associate Professor and Program Chair

Departments: Chemical Engineering, Institute for Micromanufacturing, MALT Center

Phone: 318.257.3124

Fax: 318.257.4000


Office: BMEB 117

Address: 818 Nelson AVE


Ruston, LA 71272


Specialties:  Biomass, Engineering Waste to Energy, Biomass Characterization, Sustainable Energy
Research Center: Institute for Micromanufacturing
Research Lab:  Waste to Bioproducts Lab, Bogard Hall 116

The Biomass Team is devoted to turning waste materials into products. We have worked with wastes as diverse as rice husks, sugarcane bagasse, corn leaves, and stalks, used sulfuric acid, black liquor from paper mills, lion poop, and shrimp shells. Products we have made from wastes include fuel pellets, cement additives, and oil spill absorbents. We have used processes such as hydrothermal carbonization, deep eutectic solvent dissolution, and pelletization. The team includes both graduate and undergraduate students of several COES majors. Directed elective credits can be obtained by doing research with us and taking the CMEN 450A course.