University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Paul Chen

Paul L. Chen, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Program Director
Center for Biorefining
Dept. of Bioproducts & Biosystems Eng.
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: (612)625-7721

Research Experience/technical expertise
  • Whole grains, healthy, and functional foods
  • Dairy processes and products
  • Non-thermal pasteurization of liquid and solid foods
  • Biosensing and non-destructive analytical techniques
  • Structure-function relationships
  • Food polymer science and water-solid interactions
  • Sensory and instrumental evaluation of food products
  • Heat and mass transfer in foods
  • MRI, NMR, textural profile analysis, X-ray micro-analysis, and microscopy of foods
  • Mass cultivation and utilization of microalgae
  • Biofuels and bio-materials
  • Product evaluation and optimization
  • Unit operations in food and biological processing
  • Biomass conversion
  • Catalytic synthesis and upgrading
  • Machine vision, neural networks, and image processing
  • Air and water pollution control using non-thermal plasma and ozone technologies

    Teaching Experience
  • Principles of Food Engineering (BBE 4723/5723)
  • Managing Water in Food and Biological Systems (BAE 8703)
  • Cereal Beverages in AACC short course "Asian Food Technology" (US, 1996)
  • Food Processing Technologies (SCAU, 1986-1990)
  • Preservation and Processing of Fruits and Vegetables (SCAU, 1986-1990)
  • Renewable Energy Technology (BBE 4733)
  • Biological Processing Engineering (BAE 4713)

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