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Bernard Tao

Professor of Agricultural Engineering, Food Science, and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 494-1183


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1988
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976

Research Summary

Dr. Tao's research focuses on utilizing biological and chemical technologies to utilize renewable resources in the production of commercial and industrial products. His research involves using genetic and chemical techniques to understand enzymatic mechanisms and biochemical conversion of natural materials to make industrial
products. Current research projects involve developing lipid-based biofuels and chemicals, bio-based super adhesives, bio-based concrete sealants, and novel DNA-protein bioconjugates.

Selected Publications

  • Allen, D. K and B. Y. Tao, Kinetic Characterization of Enhanced Lipid Activity on Oil Bodies, Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, 30(4) 2007 271-279.
    Kim, Hyun, S. Y. Kim, N. S. Han, and B. Y. Tao, Solubilization Conditions for
  • Hydrophobic Membrane Protein, Oleosin, in Soybeans, Biotechnol. Bioprocess Eng. 12 (5) 2007 542-547.
  • Coates, K. C., S. Mohtar, B. Y. Tao, and Weiss, J., Can Soy Methyl Esters Reduce Fluid Transport and Improve Durability of Concrete, J. Transportation Research Board, 2113, 2009, 22-30.