Advisory Board

Dr. Challa S. S. R. Kumar

The ScienceDaily article Working To Improve Efficiency Of Ethanol Fuel said

Lowering fuel emission levels is a topic facing constant scrutiny by the global public. Rising gas costs, environmental concerns and conflicts in oil-producing areas have made consumers, corporations and researchers more than curious about the potential of alternative, or “green” fuels, such as ethanol.
 
James Spivey, McLaurin Shivers professor of chemical engineering at LSU, and Challa Kumar, group leader of nanofabrication at LSU’s Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, or CAMD, are working diligently with partners from across the nation to make ethanol fuel an efficient reality.
 
“We’re working with our project partners to produce ethanol from a coal-derived syngas, a mixture of primarily carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The United States has tremendous reserves of coal, but converting it to affordable, clean fuels is a challenge — one that we are addressing in this DOE-funded project,” said Spivey. “Because ethanol is a liquid, it can be more easily distributed to the end user than gaseous hydrogen. It can be converted into a hydrogen-rich gas at the point of use, such as a fuel cell. The net result is clean energy produced from a domestic resource.”

Challa S. S. R. Kumar, Ph.D. is Group Leader for Nanofabrication at the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is President and CEO of Magnano Technologies. He is winner of the 2006 Nano 50 Technology Award for his work in Magnetic-Based Nanoparticles for Cancer Imaging & Treatment.
 
Magnano Technologies is an emerging nanotechnology company specializing in the development of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for life sciences. The company has expertise in wet-chemical synthesis of a variety of nanomaterials and their biofunctionalization for a number of applications in life sciences. In addition to technology development, the company is also focusing on information management and consultancy services related to nanotechnologies for the life sciences.
 
Challa edited Nanomaterials for Cancer Diagnosis, Nanomaterials for Medical Diagnosis and Therapy, Biological and Pharmaceutical Nanomaterials, Nanomaterials for Cancer Therapy, Biofunctionalization of Nanomaterials, Nanomaterials: Toxicity, Health and Environmental Issues, Nanomaterials for Biosensors, Nanosystem Characterization Tools in the Life Sciences, Nanodevices for the Life Sciences, and Tissue, Cell and Organ Engineering, and coedited Nanofabrication Towards Biomedical Applications: Techniques, Tools, Applications, and Impact.
 
He authored Nanotechnology and Life Sciences and coauthored Magnetic Switch of Permeability for Polyelectrolyte Microcapsules Embedded with [email protected] Nanoparticles, Fabrication of an SU-8 based microfluidic reactor on a PEEK substrate sealed by a “flexible semi-solid transfer” (FST) process, and Efficacy of Lytic Peptide-Bound Magnetite Nanoparticles in Destroying Breast Cancer Cells. Read the full list of his publications!
 
Challa earned his Ph.D degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prashantinilyam, India. He was a post doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemie, Munich, Germany, followed by eight years of experience working in different chemical industries in various capacities. His patents include Fabrication of a completely polymeric microfluidic reactor for chemical synthesis and Core-shell nanostructures and microstructures.