Abigail Engelberth

Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 494-1009


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2009
  • M.E., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2006
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2004

Research Summary

Dr. Engelberth's research focuses on the recovery of valuable co-products from the production of fuels from renewable biological sources, via either pre- or post-processing. Along with product recovery, Dr. Engelberth explores the design of the recovery process in order to obtain an economic analysis of the process to determine the value of the co-product. Her postdoctoral research studied process simulation of the conversion of a hemicellulose-rich pre-pulping extract into drop-in transportation fuels.

Selected Publications

  • Engelberth, A. S. and G. P. van Walsum (2012). Adding Value to the Integrated Forest Biorefinery with Co-Products from Hemicellulose-Rich Pre-Pulping Extract Biorefinery Co-Products: Phytochemicals, Primary Metabolites and Value-Added Biomass Processing. C. Bergeron, D. J. Carrier and S. Ramaswamy, Wiley: 287-306.
  • Engelberth, A. S., E. C. Clausen, et al. (2010). "Comparing extraction methods to recover ginseng saponins from American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium), followed by purification using fast centrifugal partition chromatography with HPLC verification." Separation and Purification Technology 72(1): 1-6.
  • Engelberth, A. S., D. J. Carrier, et al. (2008). "Separation of Silymarins from Milk Thistle (Silybum MarianumL.) Extracted with Pressurized Hot Water using Fast Centrifugal Partition Chromatography." Journal of Liquid Chromatography & Related Technologies 31(19): 3001-301.

Awards and Honors

  • College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Early Career Teaching, 2018 - 2019