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Abigail Engelberth, PhD

Assistant Professor
Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Environmental & Ecological Engineering
Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering
Purdue University

Offices: POTR 218/ABE 320

Phone: (765) 494-1009 (POTR)
(765) 496-6698 (ABE)
Fax: (765) 494-7023 (POTR)


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Abigail Engelberth is an Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and in Environmental and Ecological Engineering, at Purdue University. She earned a B. S. and M. E. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University, and a PhD. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Engelberth was a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Maine and built a process model to emulate the conversion of hemicellulose into liquid fuels via anaerobic digestion.

Dr. Engelberth's research is focused on the recovery of valuable co-products from biological sources, either pre- or post-processing. Along with product recovery, Dr. Engelberth explores the design of the recovery process in order to obtain an economic analysis of the process to determine the value of the co-product. There are opportunities for graduate and advanced studies in her research group.

Dr. Engelberth taught EEE 250 (Environmental, Ecological and Engineering System) in the Fall of 2012. She also taught Bioseparations and Bioprocess Engineering: Principles, Practice and Economics (ABE 680) under the guidance of Dr. Michael Ladisch.

Relevant Publications:

Engelberth, A. S., and G. P. vanWalsum, "Adding Value to the Integrated Forest Biorefinery with Co-products from a Hemicellulose-rich Pre-pulping Extract," Chapter 13 in Biorefinery Co-Products: Phytochemicals, Primary Metabolites and Value-added Biomass Processing, Wiley, March 2012.

Abbott, J. A., F. Medina-Boliviar, E. M. Martin, A. S. Engelberth, H. Villagarcia, E. C. Clausen, and D. J. Carrier, "Purification of Resveratrol, arachidin-1 and arachidin-3 from Hairy Root Cultures of Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) and Determination of Their Antioxidant Activity and Cytotoxicity," Biotechnology Progress, 26(5), 1344-1351 (2010).

Engelberth, A. S., D. J. Carrier, and E. C. Clausen, "Ginseng saponins from Panax notoginseng Root: A Comparison of Ultrasonic and Pressurized Hot Water Extraction Techniques and Subsequent Separation with Centrifugal Partition Chromatography," Separation and Purification Technology, 72(1), 1-6 (2010).

Uppagalunda, N., A. S. Engelberth, S. V. Ravindranath, E. C. Clausen, J. O. Lay, J. Gidden, and D. J. Carrier, "Switchgrass Water Extracts: Extraction, Separation and Biological Activity of Rutin and Quercitrin," Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 57(17), 7760-7770 (2009).

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department

Environmental and Ecological Engineering Department