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Lars Angenent

Lars Angenent

Adjunct Professor

214 Riley-Robb Hall
(607) 255-2480

Lars Angenent is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. He is interested in converting organic waste materials into energy or chemicals. His research addresses two problems: treating wastes as well as generating renewable energy or green chemicals. New York is especially poised to use organic wastes because of its abundance of dairy manure and urban wood waste. Professor Angenent wants our society to choose these alternative methods of generating energy before we further explore nonrenewable energy sources, such as natural gas.

Research Focus

The Angenent Group has three main focus areas: bioenergy, biosensors/biocomputing, and computational ecology methods. The group works towards unraveling interactions and forming a better understanding of biosystems, leading to performance and stability improvements.

Teaching Focus

Professor Angenent teaches students to integrate physics, engineering, environmental impacts, economics, and sustainable development, with an emphasis on technical and economic analysis of large-scale energy systems and their conceptual design. Graduate level courses include classical as well as the latest and most powerful molecular biology techniques, the use of statistics to inform scientists about community structure-function relationships, and biofuel/bioenergy system design. Current courses include BEE 4870 Sustainable Bioenergy Systems and BEE 6570 Mixed-Culture Engineered Systems: Bioenergy and Microbial Ecology.

Awards and Honors

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2015) State University of NY

Selected Publications

Journal Publications