Richard Parnas

parnas2012_profileRichard Parnas
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
Ph.D., UCLA (1990)

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136
Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office: IMS-206
Phone: (860) 486-9060
Webcasts: Making Biodiesel Fuel at UConn Biodiesel Fuel Conversion Experiment:  Making Biodiesel Fuel at UConn

Research Interests

  • Biofuels Production and Separations
  • Renewable Polymers and Composites
  • Interface Engineering

Awards & Honors

2007 UConn Environmental Achievement Award
2007 Pioneering Nanotechnology Competition Certificate of High Merit
2007 UConn Environmental Achievement Award
2001 Katholieke Universiteit Senior Fellowship
2000 Fulbright Scholar
1999 Int. Conference on Automated Composites, Best paper
1997-1998 Programming Committee – Nat’l. Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering
1995, 1998, 2000 Society of Plastics Engineers, ANTEC Meeting, Best Paper
1993 Department of Commerce, NIST Bronze Medal
1987 and 1988 RAND – UCLA Fellowship
1987 UCLA Distinguished Scholar
1986 Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship

Recent Publications

S.Y. Li, R. Srivastava, S.L. Suib, Y. Li and R.S. Parnas, Performance of batch, fed-batch, and continuous A-B-E fermentation with pH-control, Bioresource Technol., 102, 4241–50 2011. Y. Sharma, R.S. Parnas and B. Li, Bioenergy Production from Glycerol in Hydrogen Producing Bioreactors (HPBs) and Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs), Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 36(6), 3853-3861, 2011. S.Y. Li, R. Srivastava and R.S. Parnas, Study of in situ 1-butanol Pervaporation from A-B-E Fermentation Using a PDMS Composite Membrane: Validity of Solution-Diffusion Model for Pervaporative A-B-E Fermentation, Biotechnology Progress, 27(1), 111-20, 2011. S.Y. Li, J.D. Stuart, Y. Li and R.S. Parnas, The feasibility of converting Cannabis sativa L. oil into biodiesel, Bioresource Technol., 101, 8457-60, 2010. S.Y. Li, R. Srivastava and R.S. Parnas, Separation of 1-butanol by pervaporation using a novel PDMS/PE composite membrane, J. Membrane Sci., 363, 287–94, 2010. S.U. Unker, M.B. Boucher, K.R. Hawley, J.D. Stuart and R.S. Parnas, Investigation into the relationship between the gravity vector and the flow vector to improve performance in two-phase continuous flow biodiesel reactor, Bioresource Technol., 101, 7389-96, 2010. J.Dong, A.D. Asandei and R.S. Parnas, Aqueous Electrospinning of Wheat Gluten Fibers with Thiolated Additives, Polymer, 51, 3164-72, 2010. W.A.G. McPhee, M. Boucher, J. Stuart, R.S. Parnas, M. Koslowske, T. Tao, and B.A. Wilhite, Demonstration of a Liquid-Tin Anode Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell (LTA-SOFC) Operating from Bio-diesel Fuel, Energy Fuels, 23(10), 5036–41, 2009. P. Brooker, P. Baker, H. Kunz, L. Bonville, and R. Parnas, Effects of Heteropolyacid Addition to the Electrodes of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells, J. Electrochem. Soc., 156(11), B1317-21, 2009. M. B. Boucher, C. Weed, N. E. Leadbeater, B. A. Wilhite, J. D. Stuart, R. S. Parnas, Pilot Scale Two-Phase Continuous Flow Biodiesel Production via Novel Laminar Flow Reactor-Separator, Energy Fuels, 23(5), 2750– 2756, 2009.