Interest Areas & Research
We study process engineering and intervention technologies for improving food quality and safety.
Include ozone and chlorine dioxide ClO2 gas interventions for fresh produce and surface/equipment sanitizing, E-beam cross-linking of active packaging materials, and evaluation of hygienic design of processing equipment.
ClO2 gas sterilization of bulk aseptic storage tanks and aseptic tankers.
Recent & Current Grad Students:
Aruna Dhanapal – (MS); Inactivation Kinetics of Botrytis Cinerea Inoculated on Stainless Steel Coupons by Chlorine Dioxide Gas – MS Thesis. May 2019
Mario Bermudez – (MS); Modelling of gas diffusion during surface decontamination
Leah Odom – (MS); TBD
Grace Hyde – (MS); TBD
Our lab has several chlorine dioxide gas & ozone generators, gas treatment chambers including a prototype gas tunnel system, 150 keV E-beam system, CIP testing skids and a cold plasma system.