Published Algae Technologist Joins OriginOil As Senior Research Engineer
- Dheeban Kannan to accelerate research activities at OriginOil -
Los Angeles, CA – April 28, 2009 – OriginOil, Inc. (OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, announced the appointment of Dheeban Kannan, Ph.D. as senior research engineer.
Kannan recently completed his doctoral program at Pennsylvania State University, where he studied biofuel technologies. His cutting-edge work on photobioreactors to grow oil producing algae has great synergies with OriginOil. As part of his doctoral thesis, Kannan invented a novel solid catalyst process for the production of biodiesel, which is the basis of a patent and the core technology of a biodiesel startup company. The process would improve production efficiency of biodiesel and, unlike existing systems, can accept feedstock with high free acid content, such as recycled oil.
Kannan performed his master’s and doctoral research in chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India.
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