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Eminent Scholar's Biofuels and Bioenergy is a chemistry best-seller

Kaitor Kposowa | Mar 11, 2013

Eminent Scholar's Biofuels and Bioenergy is a chemistry best-seller

Kaitor Kposowa | Mar 11, 2013

Internationally esteemed chemical engineering researcher and prolific author Sunggyu K.B. Lee, Eminent Scholar of Coal Syngas Utilization and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, has added another best-selling title to his professional bibliography.

His latest work, Biofuels and Bioenergy: Processes and Technologies, is an online bestseller for publisher CRC Press, which prints scientific, technical, and medical content. Co-authored by Y.T. Shah of Norfolk State University, the book describes the primary biofuel and bioenergy sources currently studied in the field of alternative energy, how they're processed and the relevant technology.

According to Lee, who is also director of the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Laboratory, the book is important because its specific focus on processes and technology meets a contemporary demand for solutions to environmental issues and sustainable energy sources.

“I enjoy writing books which contribute to the fields of science and technology; in particular, in the areas of fuels and advanced materials,” Lee said.

Lee, internationally recognized for his research in clean coal technology, syngas conversion to fuel and biodegradable polymers, is Ohio University's fourth eminent scholar. He has authored and edited 16 books, and with more than 30 U.S. patents and more than 80 international patents, he is the university's top patent holder.

Despite Lee's many technical accolades, his colleagues are quick to also praise his dedication to educating and mentoring his students - a hallmark of a Russ College education, in which undergraduates are taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields.

"Dr. Lee's work has made not only lasting impacts in terms of furthering understanding, technologies developed and the quality of students he has mentored, but he is truly one of the most thoughtful and caring faculty members I have ever encountered," said Dave Bayless, Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Ohio Coal Research Center and the Robe Leadership Institute. “I have never seen such loyalty in academia as what he has with his students,” Bayless added.