George Tsao

George Tsao

Professor Emeritus Chemical Engineerin
Purdue University
Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering
225 South University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2093
Phone: +1 765 49-44068
Areas of Interest
  • Biological Engineering


Dr. Tsao is a professor in Biochemical Engineering. He received his B.S. from the National Taiwan University in 1952 and his M.S. from the University of Florida in 1956. He later received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1960. He has been a professor at Purdue University since 1974.

Professor Tsao's laboratory is studying various processing methods including microbiological, enzymatic and chemical. The focus is on the conversion of renewable resources into chemicals, materials, and fuels. This activity involves a large team of some 30 researchers with background expertise in chemical engineering, agricultural and biological engineering, chemistry, molecular genetics, biological science, food sciences and chemistry.

The Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE) enjoys close cooperation with industry. The financial support comes from sponsors divided about equally between government agencies and private companies. Currently, new materials used for packing chromatographic columns are being investigated. Yeast cultures are genetically modified to ferment glucose, xylose and hopefully also arabinose into ethanol. New methods of conducting solid phase fermentation are also examined as a competing alternative to submerged liquid fermentation.