Anurag Mandalika

Anurag Mandalika

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Room 1115
Energy, Coast and Environment Bldg
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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(225) 642-0135

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Anurag Mandalika is Assistant Professor - Research at the Center for Energy Studies at LSU. His research interests include biomass and bioenergy, biofuels, waste reduction and valorization, emissions measurement, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), ethics, and environmental justice. 

During his research career, Mandalika has studied the production of the platform chemicals, furfural and furfuryl alcohol in high yield from a variety of biomass sources using novel, green chemistry principles, evaluated the application of membranes for separations in biomass processing and conversion, and studied the removal of arsenic from water using adsorbents prepared from waste biomass sources.

Prior to starting his role at CES, Mandalika was Assistant Professor with the LSU AgCenter, working on challenges experienced by the sugarcane industry in Louisiana, and exploring digital agriculture and automation, and the ethics associated with their implementation in agriculture. As a postdoctoral researcher at UW-Madison, he investigated emissions generated from manure processing and storage to reduce deaths from suspected hydrogen sulfide poisoning in the dairy industry. As a Research Associate with the US Forest Service, Mandalika studied the potential for bioenergy of forest residues and woody biomass using a pilot-scale gasifier and the production of films and foams from lignocellulosic biomass sources.

Mandalika holds a BS in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University with a minor in Environmental Engineering, and MS and PhD degrees in Biological Systems Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is a member of the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the LSU Digital Agriculture team.

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020)

M.S., Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)

B.S., Biosystems Engineering, Clemson University (2010)

Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Mandalika, A; Bragg, D; Schuler, J; Elder, T; Groom, L, Chemical Analysis of Loblolly Pine Fractions from a Bioenergy Perspective. Wood and Fiber Science 2019, 51, (1), 26-40
  • Mandalika, A; Runge, T, Addition of corn stover arabinoxylan into hardwood during pulping for improved physical properties. TAPPI Journal 2017, 16, (9), 495-504
  • Sun, Q; Mandalika, A; Elder, T; Nair, S; Meng, X; Huang, F; Ragauskas, A, Nanocomposite Film Prepared by Depositing Xylan on Cellulose Nanowhiskers Matrix. Green Chemistry 2014, 16, (7), 3458-3462
  • Šimkovic, I; Kelnar, I; Uhliariková, I; Mendichi, R; Mandalika, A; Elder, T, Carboxymethylated-, hydroxypropylsulfonated- and quaternized xylan derivative films. Carbohydrate Polymers 2014, 110, 464-471
  • Mandalika, A; Qin, L; Sato, T; Runge, T, Integrated biorefinery model based on production of furans using open-ended high yield processes. Green Chemistry 2014, 16, (5), 2480-2489
  • Mandalika, A; Runge, T, Enabling integrated biorefineries through high-yield conversion of fractionated pentosans into furfural. Green Chemistry 2012, 14, (11), 3175-3184.
    Joshi, H; Moser, B; Shah, S; Mandalika, A; Walker, T, Improvement of fuel properties of cottonseed oil methyl esters with commercial additives. Eu. J. Lipid Sci. Tech., 2010, 112, (7), 802-809