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Foster Agblevor

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Biological Engineering

Endowed Professor

Professor

Contact Information

Go toOffice Location: ENGR 402S
DialPhone: 435-797-9268
SendEmail: foster.agblevor@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Chemical Engineering, (Applied Chemistry), University of Toronto, 1988
Chemical Engineering, (Applied Chemistry), University of Toronto, 1984
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Science and Technology, 1979

Expertise

Pyrolysis - convertingorganic material into liquid fuels.

Awards

Biological Engineering Researcher of the Year, 2015

Department of Biological Engineering

College of Engineering Researcher of the Year, 2015

Utah State University College of Engineering

Fulbright Scholar, Finland, 2015

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB)

Deans Excellence in Research Award, 2008

Virginia Tech, College of Engineering

Excellence in Basic Research, 2008

Virginia Tech, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Best Presenter of the Year's Award, 1995

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Best Paper Award, 1993

Gordon Conference on Analytical Pyrolysis

Best Paper Award, , 1991

Gordon Conference on Analytical Pyrolysis

US Department of energy Special Achievement Award, 1991


Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Guran, S., Agblevor, F.A, Tonetta, B.M, (2015). 2015. Biofuels, Bio-power and Bioproducts from sustainable biomass: coupling energy crops and wastes for clean energy technologies: Wiley Biotechnology Series. Wiley and Sons
    • Agblevor, F.A, Guran, S.B, Brennan-Tonetta, M., (2015). Biofuels, bio-power, and bio-products from sustainable biomass: coupling energy crops and waste with clean energy technologies: Wiley Biotechnology Series. Wiley Interscience

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  BENG 5600, 6600 - Downstream Processes in Biological Engineering, Spring 2017

                  BENG 6510, 7510 - Graduate Seminar, Fall 2016

                  BENG 5600, 6600 - Downstream Processes in Biological Engineering, Spring 2016

                  BENG 5600,6600 - Downstream Processes in Biological Engineering, Spring 2015

                  BENG 5600,6600 - Downstream Processes in Biological Engineering, Spring 2014

                  BENG 5600,6600 - Downstream Processes in Biological Engineering, Spring 2013

                  BENG 5600,6600 - Downstream Processes in Biological Engineering, Spring 2012


                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Yessica Castro, Biological Engineering, August 2016
                  Hossein Jahromi, Biological Engineering, August 2014
                  Hossein Jahromi, Biological Engineering, August 2014
                  Angela Akude, Biological Engineering, August 2014
                  Randy Santos, Biological Engineering, August 2014
                  Yonas Kidane, Biological Engineering, August 2013
                  Hamza Abdellaooui, Biological Engineering, August 2012
                  Che Nyendu, Biological Engineering, August 2011 - December 2014
                  Bo Zhao, Biological Engineering, January 2011 - December 2014
                  Oumou Diallo, Biological Engineering, August 2011 - June 2014
                  Bhuvanesh Yathavan, Biological Engineering, January 2011 - December 2013
                  Ofei Mante, , August 2008 - December 2011
                  Kenneth Revell, August 2009 - December 2011

                  I came to USU in 2011 from Virginia Tech. As one of USU's newer USTAR hires, my research centers around technology that will turn various organic materials into fuel. I became interested in this field because I grew up on a farm. Growing up, I always asked myself, "What can we do with all of these raw materials?" When I went to college, I knew the biggest challenge facing our time would be energy, whether we liked it or not. In that case, I knew that's where I should be.

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                  I have been working in this area for over a decade. When I was at Virginia Tech, poultry farms came tome with a problem in need of a solution. More than 5.6 million tons of poultry litter are produced each year in the United States. All of this waste is smelly, bulky, hard to transport, and can lead to dangerous phosphorus pollution. Once I analyzed the droppings, I realized that the pyrolysis process can be used to turn the poultry waste into biofuel. Think of it as "poop power." This fuel can be used just like regular gasoline – my students at VA Tech used fuel they created rather than bought to drive over 1,500 miles to a football game. Here at USU we are continuing that same exciting work.

                  My lab is called the Thermochemical Lab. It is here that my students and I practice the concept of pyrolysis – converting organic material into liquid fuels. Nature takes billions of years to convert organic material to crude oil. We cannot wait for that long so what we are trying to do is find a way to make oil for ourselves; if we can do this, we can literally grow our fuel.

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