Joseph J. Biernacki, DRE, PE
Professor, Chemical Engineering
University Distinguished Faculty Fellow
August, 2016 Cookeville, Tennessee.
Grants & Research Group
Professional Service, Outreach
Service to the University
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Chemical reaction phenomena, kinetics, thermochemistry of reactions and
reaction mechanisms. High temperature processing and biomass pyrolysis.
Chemistry and physics of cement-based materials. Interdisciplinary, inquiry and team-based
educational approaches in engineering education.
Students, Research Group and Projects
Graduate Research (ongoing)
Abdul Salam Mohammad (MS CHE, 2017), Rheology and Modeling of Cement-Based Printing
Caleb Clement, Radiation Induced Degradation of Concrete
Osama Elkeelany, Modeling Single Particle Fast Pyrolysis
Clark Templeton, Modeling Biomass Microsphere Pyrolysis
Sarah Raborn, Characterization of Biomass Chars
Hai (June) Kim, Production and Characterization of Biomass Microspheres
Sudikshya Bandahari, Effects of Recycle Gas on Pyrolysis of
Daniel Klingenberg, Co-pyrolysis of Cellulose, Hemi-cellulose and Lignin
Christian Grondin, Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass – Characterization of Pyrolysis Residue from
Jeff Glancy, Fast
Pyrolysis of Biomass
Lindsey Reed, A Study on the Interaction of Sucrose and Cement Hydration Phases
Benjamin Nation, An Efficient Single Particle Model for Cement Hydration
Kevin Hale, Development
of a Dilute Solution Phase Reactor for Kinetic Studies on Cement Hydration
Elly Spreeman, The Effect of Some Potential Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures on Portland
Cement Mortars at Early Age
Natalia Shlonimskaya, The Surface Tension of Amines and Glycol
Ethers in Dilute Aqueous Solution
Michael Heimsoth, Phase Evolution for Sintered Fly Ash
Tiffany Hughes, Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass
Lindsey Reed, Kinetic Models for Cement Hydration
Benjamin Nation, Kinetic Models for Cement Hydration
Jordan Dunn, Utilization
of Spray Dryer Absorber Materials
Martin Bijou, Oxidative Pyrolysis of Carbon from Fly Ash
Melissa Boner, Demonstrating an Electric Field Flow Fractionation Laboratory
Jennifer Sinopoli, Image-Based Strain Measurements
Dakota Brown, Characterization of Meso-Pores in Hydrated
Portland Cement Paste
John Raulston, Ice Formation Below -37 oC
in Hydrated Portland Cement Paste
Cody Heathcock, Frequency Effects in Electric Field Flow
David Kirby, Diffusion
Model for Polystyrene Film
(2002-2003 academic year)
(2001-2002 academic year)
(2000-2001 academic year)
(1999-2000 academic year)
(1998-1999 academic year)
(1997-98 academic year)
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Director of Educational
Industrial Experience: Fifteen years of professional experience in
engineering, research and development.
Materials and Process Development,
Optimization and Design
Materials Processing Research and
Chemical Process Design, Simulation
S. Mohammad, J. J. Biernacki, S.
Northrup and M. Adenson, Diffusion of CO2 and Fractional Free Volume
in Crystalline and Amorphous Cellulose, J. Anal. Appl. Pyrol.,
in press (2018).
O. Adenson, J. D. Murillo, Matthew Kelley and J. J. Biernacki and C. P. Bagley, Slow Pyrolysis Kinetics of
Two Herbaceous Feedstock: Effect of Biomass Sample Preparation, I&EC
Res., accepted (Feb 1, 2018).
O. Adenson, C. Templeton and J. J. Biernacki, Modeling Pyrolysis-induced
Microstructural Changes in Biomass: A Cellular Automata Approach, Fuel, 210, 271-379 (2017).
J. Biernacki and S. Northrup, Effect
of Carboxylic and Hydroxycarboxylic Acids on Cement
Hydration – Experimental and Molecular Dynamics Study, J. Mat. Sci.,
accepted (August 7, 2017).
O. Adenson, M. D. Kelley, O. O. Elkelany, J.
J. Biernacki and Y-W. Liu, The Kinetics
of Cellulose Pyrolysis– Ensuring Optimal Outcomes, Can. J. Chem. Eng., DOI:
10.1002/cjce.23060 (July 24, 2017).
Chaudhari, J. J. Biernacki and S.
Northrup, Behavior of Organic Compounds
in the Pore Solution of Cement – Experimental and Molecular Dynamics Study,
J. Am. Ceram. Soc., DOI: 10.1111/jace.14988 (first published: June 26, 2017),
100(11), 4999-5010 (2017).
7. J. J. Biernacki, J. W. Bullard, G. Sant, K. Brown, F. P. Glasser, S. Jones, T. Ley, R. Livingston,
L. Nicoleau, J. Olek, F. Sanchez, R. Shahsavari, P. E. Stutzman, K. Sobolev, T.
Prater, Cements in the 21st
Century: Challenges, Perspectives, and Opportunities, J. Am. Ceram. Soc.,
Invited Feature Article, 100 (7), 2746-2773 (2017).
D. Murillo, J. J. Biernacki, A. S.
Mohammad and S. Northrup, Biomass
Pyrolysis Kinetics an Opportunity for Molecular-scale Research: Advancing
Reactor Design and Optimization, Brazilian J. Chem. Eng., 34(1), 1-18
9. J. J. Biernacki, The Degrees of Freedom Concept – Extending the Domain, Chem. Eng. Ed.,
20(2), 114-124 (2016).
10. M. Gottapu
and J. J. Biernacki, A Multi-ionic Continuum-Based Model for C3S
Hydration, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 98(10), 3029-3041 (2015).
11. M. Gottapu
and J. J. Biernacki, An Advanced Single-Particle Model for C3S
Hydration – Validating the Statistical Independence of Model parameters,
Computers and Concrete, 15(6), 989-999 (2015).
12. J. D.
Murillo, J. J. Biernacki and S.
Northrup, High-temperature Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Cellobiose
and Maltose, AIChE J., 61(8), 2562-2570 (2015).
13. J. D.
Murillo, G. L. Norris and J. J.
Biernacki, The Southern Grassroots
Biofuels Project: A Participatory Study of Conservationists and Stakeholders
from Two Upper Cumberland Counties, Sociology Spectrum, 35(4), 249-371
Submitted and In Review
A. S. Mohammad, J.
J. Biernacki, S. Northrup and M. O. Adenson, Diffusion of CO2 in Cellulose – A Molecular Dynamic Study,
J. An. App. Pyrol., submitted (September, 2016).
M. D. Kelley, J.
J. Biernacki and A. S. Mohammad, Characterization
of Ball Milled Cellulose and Whole Herbaceous Biomass using Real-Time
High-Temperature X-ray Diffraction, Bioenergy Research, (manuscript
M. D. Kelley, A. Zolghadr and J. J. Biernacki, The Effect
of Cellulose Crystallinity and Particle Size on Biomass Pyrolysis Rates,
Biomass and Bioenergy, (manuscript available).
A. S. Mohammad, J.
J. Biernacki, S. Northrup and M. D. Kelley, Molecular-Scale Modeling of Cellulose Pyrolysis – Morphological Changes,
H. M. Kayello, D. P. Visco,
Jr. and J. J. Biernacki, Evaluating the Effect of Organic Chemicals
on the Rheological properties of Fresh Cement Paste, ACI Materials J.
J. J. Biernacki,
H. White, B. M. Agee, and D. J. Swartling, Scalability
of a Satellite Dish Solar Reflector for Use in the Synthesis of Biodiesel,
Green Chemistry Letters, (manuscript available).
T. Xie, and J.
J. Biernacki, The Hydration of Tricalcium
Silicates and the Development of Calcium Silicate Hydration Bulk Density at Early
Age, J. Am. Cer. Soc,
Books, Book Chapters, Manuscripts
Cruz, D. Talbert, W. Eberle and J. J.
Biernacki, A Neural Network Approach
for Predicting Microstructure Development in Cement, Proceedings of the
2016 Int’l Conf. Artificial Intelligence (ICAI’16), 328-334 (2016).
J. Biernacki, The Degrees of Freedom Concept – A Pervasive Paradigm, ASEE 2015
Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
3. J. J. Biernacki, D. P. Visco, Jr., and
H. M. Kayello, Computer aided molecular
design – A course-grain tool for accelerating discovery of molecular
interactions with cement, Proceedings of the International US-Poland
Workshop on Multiscale Computational Modeling of Cementitious Materials,
October 18-19,2012, Krakow, Poland., Krakow University of Technology, pp.
J. Biernacki, N. R. Mogula, J. K. Dunne and R. R. Nagoulu, Kinetics of
Sintering for a Class-F Fly Ash: A Sintering Model, Proceedings of Brittle
Matrix Composites 10, Warsaw, Poland, Institute of Fundamental Technological
Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, ed. A. M. Brandt, J. Olek, M. A. Glinicki and C. K. Y. Leung, Woodhead Publishing Ltd,
Cambridge, Warsaw (2012), pp. 71-89.
J. Biernacki, and C. Wilson, Introducing
Interdisciplinary Content through Electives, Proceedings of the American
Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver, CA, paper No. 1831, (June 26-29,
Fall Semesters (date last taught)
Spring Semesters (last taught)
Current and Past Research Sponsors
Ongoing Funded Activities
Principal Investigator, Collaborative Research: 3D Printing of Civil Infrastructure
Materials with Controlled Microstructural Architectures, NSF Grant Award
No. CMMI-1563173, $133,000/$500,000, with F. Sanchez (Vanderbilt University)
and J. Olek, P. Zavattirie and J. Youngblood (Purdue
Principal Investigator, SusChEM:
Collaborative Research- A Multi-Scale Environmental and Kinetics Study on the
Pyrolysis of Sustainable Biomass Feedstock, NSF Grant Award No. CBET-1360703,
$425,403, with T. Lay, Oklahoma State University (July 2013-July 2016).
Completed Funded Grants and Consulting Activities
Dissertation: Formation of Silicon Monoxide and ... Growth of ...
Silicon Carbide Whiskers
Masters Research: Diffusion in
Cobalt ZSM5 Zeolite Catalyst
Professional Engineer (PE), State of New York
Service, Outreach and Service to the University
Current and Past Offices Held
Professional Society Memberships
Ceramic Society Cements Division, Brunauer Award for
Best Paper published in the J. Am. Ceram. Soc. on a cements related topic, “An
Application of Computer-Aided Molecular Design (CAMD) Using the Signature
Molecular Descriptor – Part 1. Identification
of Surface Tension Reducing Agents and the Search for Shrinkage Reducing
Admixtures,” and “Part 2. Evaluating
Newly Identified Surface Tension Reducing Substances for Potential Use as
Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures”
and is co-authored by Hamed Kayello, Naresh Tadisina, Natalia Shlonimskaya and Donald P. Visco.
Ceramic Society Cements Division, 2016 Della Roy
Engineering Education (CEE) “Top 5” paper: J. J. Biernacki, A Course-level Strategy for Continuous
Improvement, Chem. Eng. Ed., 39(3) 186-193 (2005). The “Top 5” designation was established by a
vote of CEE editors after reviewing papers published in CEE for the past 50
years, see CEE, 50(1), 2-13 (2016).
Department of Chemical Engineering, 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award
Outstanding Honors Faculty Award
College of Engineering, 2015 Teacher-Scholar Award
College of Engineering, 2014 Teacher-Scholar Award
College of Engineering, 2013 Teacher-Scholar Award
E. Sissom Innovation and Creativity Award
Distinguished Faculty Fellow (2011-2013)
2009 Caplenor Faculty Research Award, for outstanding research scholarship
Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
Concrete Institute (ACI), Fellow
ACerS (American Ceramic Society) Profiles
Award for Innovative Instruction, for integration of laboratory and lecture
College of Engineering Brown-Henderson Award, for outstanding Engineering
Corcoran Award, best paper, J. J. Biernacki, A Course-level Strategy for Continuous
Improvement, Chem. Eng. Ed., 39(3) 186-193 (2005)
ASEE, Southeast Section, Thomas C. Evans Award, best paper, J. J.
Course-level Strategy for Continuous Improvement, Chem. Eng. Ed., 39(3)
Annals of Research in Engineering
Education, Winter 2006, Vol. 2, No. 1 - J. J. Biernacki, A Course-level Strategy for Continuous
Improvement, Chem. Eng. Ed., 39(3) 186-193 (2005)
College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board Award for Excellence (the nomination
cited Biernacki’s many contributions to ACI and to
the multi-disciplinary research of concrete materials)
Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service (the nomination cited Biernacki’s involvement and dedication to both ACI and the
ACerS Cements Division)
Leighton E. Sissom Innovation and Creativity Award
2002 Kinslow Engineering Research Award, best paper, (J. J.
Biernacki, P. Stutzman and P. J. Williams, Kinetics of the Reaction Between
Fly Ash and Calcium Hydroxide, ACI Mat. J., 98(4), 340-349 (2001))