K. Thomas Klasson

USDA-ARS Southern Regional Research Center, USA

K. Thomas Klasson joined the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in 2004 as a Research Leader for the Commodity Utilization Research Unit. In this position, he is responsible for a unit (26 members) including group activities and staff allocation. The group’s research activities include development of processes for converting agricultural waste to fuels and products, enzymatic upgrading of vegetable oils, alternative use and recovery of cotton seed oil, and process improvement of sugar mills. Prior to joining USDA-ARS, Dr. Klasson worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 12 years as an R&D Engineer and Group Leader of the Biochemical Engineering Research Group and the Remediation Technology Group. Dr. Klasson is a chemical engineer and received his M.S. degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and his Ph.D. degree from University of Arkansas. He has authored over 130 publications in scientific journals, proceedings of international meetings, book chapters, and technical reports. He has been the cochair for the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals for the last seven years, and he is a Member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Biography Updated on 4 September 2011

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