Joseph J. Biernacki, DRE, PE

 Professor, Chemical Engineering

 University Distinguished Faculty Fellow

 Tennessee Technological University

Photo taken Oct. 17, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland in front of the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences.

 

 

 

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Research Interests

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.

Research Group and Projects

Graduate Research (ongoing)

Completed Thesis:

Undergraduate Research

(2013-2014)

·         Hai (June) Kim, Production and Characterization of Biomass Microspheres

·         Sudikshya Bandahari, Effects of Recycle Gas on Pyrolysis of Cellulose

·         Daniel Klingenberg, Co-pyrolysis of Cellulose, Hemi-cellulose and Lignin

(2012-2013)

·         Christian Grondin, Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass – Characterization of Pyrolysis Residue from Biomass Microspheres

(2011-2012)

·         Jeff Glancy, Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass

(2009-2010)

·         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

(2008-2009)

·         Lindsey Reed, Kinetic Models for Cement Hydration

·         Benjamin Nation, Kinetic Models for Cement Hydration

(2007-2008)

·         Jordan Dunn, Utilization of Spray Dryer Absorber Materials

·         Tiffany Hughes, Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass

 (2006-2007)

·         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 Fractionation

·         Melissa Boner, Demonstrating an Electric Field Flow Fractionation Laboratory

·         David Kirby, Diffusion Model for Polystyrene Film

(2005-2006)

(2004-2005)

(2003-2004)

(2002-2003 academic year)

(2001-2002 academic year)

(2000-2001 academic year)

(1999-2000 academic year)

(1998-1999 academic year)

(1997-98 academic year)

Professional Experience

Academic Experience:

Director of Educational Programs/Senior Lecturer

Industrial Experience: Fifteen years of professional experience in engineering, research and development.

Materials and Process Development, Optimization and Design

Materials Processing Research and Development

Chemical Process Design, Simulation and Evaluation

Publications

Refereed/Archival Publications

  1. J. D. Murillo, E. A. Ware and J. J. Biernacki, Characterization of Milling Effects on the Physical and Chemical Nature of Herbaceous Biomass with Comparison of Fast Pyrolysis Product Distributions Using Py-GC/MS, J. Analy. Appl. Pyrol., 108, 234-247 (2014).
  2. N. Shlonimskaya, J. J. Biernacki, H. M. Kayello and D. P. Visoc Jr., An Application of Computer-Aided Molecular Design (CAMD) Using the Signature Molecular Descriptor – Part 2. Evaluating Newly Identified Surface Tension Reducing Substances for Potential Use as Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., on-line in advance of press publication.
  3. H. M. Kayello, N. K. R. Tadisina, N. Shlonimskaya, J. J. Biernacki and D. P. Visoc Jr., 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, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., on-line in advance of press publication.
  4. O. Chaudhari and J. J. Biernacki, Leaching Behavior of Hazardous Heavy Metals from Lime Fly Ash Cements, J. Env. Eng., (in press: posted ahead of print 2 Aug. 2012).
  5. D. M. Kirby and J. J. Biernacki, The Effect of Water-to-Cement Ratio on the Hydration Kinetics of Tricalcium Silicate Cements: Testing the Two-step Hydration Hypothesis, Cem. Concr. Res., 42(8), 1147-1156 (2012).
  6. T. Xie, and J. J. Biernacki, Growth of Calcium Hydroxide Islands in Tricalcium Silicate-based Cements at Early Age, J. Am. Cer. Soc, 95(9), 2808-2819 (2012).
  7. T. Xie and J. J. Biernacki, The Origins and Evolution of Cement Hydration Models, Comp. Concr., 8(6), 647-675 (2011).
  8. Y. Wei, W. Hansen, J. J. Biernacki and E. Schlangen, Unified Shrinkage Model for Concrete from Autogenous Shrinkage Test on Paste with and without GGBFS, ACI Mat. J., 108(1), 13-20 (2011).
  9. J. J. Biernacki and T. Xie, An Advanced Single Particle Model for C3S and Alite Hydration, J. Am. Cer. Soc.,94(7), 2037-2047 (2011).
  10. J. Thomas, J. J. Biernacki, J. W. Bullard, S. Bishnoi, J. S. Dolado, G. W. Scherer and A. Luttge, Modeling and Simulation of Cement Hydration Kinetics and Microstructure Development, Cem. Concr. Res., 41(12), 1257-1278, (2011).
  11. J. J. Biernacki, International Summit on Cement Hydration kinetics and Modeling, invited editorial to 40th Anniversary Issue, Cem. Concr. Res., 41(1), 1206-1207 (2011).
  12. J. J. Biernacki, N. R. Mogulla, J. Bollig and M. Bijou, Kinetics of Carbon Combustion from Fly Ash, Fuel, 89, 1077-1086 (2010).
  13. P. Kannan, J. J. Biernacki and D. Visco, Fast Pyrolysis Kinetics of Expanded Polystyrene Foam, AIChE J., 56(6), 1569-1577 (2009).
  14. S. E. Mikel, J. J. Biernacki and T. Gnaeupel-Herold, A Neutron Diffraction-Based technique for Determining Phase Resolved Strains in Portland Cement, ACI Mat. J., 106(5), 455-460 (2009).
  15. P. Kannan, J. J. Biernacki and D. P. Visco, Kinetics of Thermal Decomposition of Expanded Polystyrene in Different Gaseous Environments, J. Anal. Appl. Pyrol., 84, 139-144 (2009).
  16. J. J. Biernacki, with the Faculty and Staff, The Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University, Chem. Eng. Ed., 42(3) 118-124 (Summer, 2008).
  17. J. J. Biernacki, P. M. Mellacheruvu and S. Mahajan, Poisson’s Effects in Electrical Field Flow Fractionation, J. Separation Sci., 31(12), 2219-2230 (2008).
  18. J. J. Biernacki, A. K. Vazrala and H. W. Leimer, Sintering of a Class F Fly Ash, Fuel, 87(6) 782-792 (2008).
  19. B. J. Mohr, J. J. Biernacki and K. E. Kurtis, Supplementary Cementitious Materials for Mitigating Degradation of Kraft Pulp fiber-Cement Composites, Cem. Concr. Res., 37(11) 1531-1543 (2007).
  20. P. Kannan, J. J. Biernacki and D. P. Visco, Jr., A Review of the Kinetic Models for Thermal Degradation of Expanded Polystyrene Foam and Application to the Lost Foam Casting Process, J. An. App. Pyrol., 78(1) 162-171 (January 2007).
  21. B. J. Mohr, J. J. Biernacki, K. E. Kurtis, Microstructural and Microchemical Changes in Pulp Fiber-Cement Composites During Wet/Dry Cycling, for Cem. Concr. Res. 36, 1240-1251 (2006).
  22. J. J. Biernacki, P. M. Mellacheruvu and S. Mahajan, An Electric Circuit Model for Electric Field Flow Fractionation, Anal. Chem. 78, 4998-5005 (2006).
  23. J. J. Biernacki, C. J. Parnham, J. Bai, T. R. Watkins and C. R. Hubbard, Phase Resolved Stain Measurements in Hydrated Ordinary Portland Cement Using Synchrotron X-rays, 89[9] 2853-2859 (2006).
  24. J. J. Biernacki, S. Gopalakrishnan, M. C. Garcia-Juenger, M. Lopez de Murphy, K. Subramaniam, J. Weiss, D. Jansen, N. Lakshmanan and S. P. Shah, Indo-US Workshop on High Performance Concrete Composites, J. Structural Engineering, 32(4) 275-282 (2005).
  25. S. Shanmugasundaram, J. J. Biernacki, and R. Subramanian, Variation in Boron Doping by Planar Diffusion - A Comparative Study of Computational Hydrodynamics and Experimental Observations, Mat. Scie. Tech., 21(9) 1103-1110 (2005).
  26. P. J. Williams, J. J. Biernacki, C. J. Rawn, L. Walker, J. Bai, Microanalytical and Computational Analysis of a Class F Fly Ash, ACI Mat. J., 102(5) 330-337 (2005).
  27. J. J. Biernacki, A Course-level Strategy for Continuous Improvement, Chem. Eng. Ed., 39(3) 186-193 (2005).
  28. J. J. Biernacki and N. Vyas, A One-Dimensional Transient Model of Electric Field Flow Fractionation, J. Electrophoresis, 26(1), 18-27 (2005).
  29. J. J. Biernacki, P. Kannan, H. Meyer and C. Blue, Kinetics of Borosilicate Glass Deposition, J. Mat. Res. 19(3), 873-879 (2004).
  30. J. J. Biernacki, R. Subramanian, M. R. Islam, C. Schewe and M. C. Rogers, Gas Phase Mixing and Dispersion in a Diffusion Furnace, J. Elec. Chem. Soc. 151(1) in press (2004).
  31. P. J. Williams, J. J. Biernacki, J. Bai and C. J. Rawn, Assessment of a Synchrotron X-ray Method for Quantitative Analysis of Calcium Hydroxide, Cem. Concr. Res., 33, 1553-1559 (2003).
  32. J. J. Biernacki, N. D. Vora, D. J. Crouse and D. J. Swartling, Kinetics of 4-Acetoxybenzoic Acid Synthesis, Designed Monomers and Polymer 6(2) 159-173 (2003).
  33. J. J. Biernacki, J. M. Richardson, P. Stutzman and D. P. Bentz, Kinetics of Slag Hydration in the Presence of Calcium Hydroxide, J. Am. Cer. Soc., 85(9), 2261-2267 (2002).
  34. P. J. Williams, J. J. Biernacki, L. R. Walker, H. M. Meyer, C. J. Rawn and J. Bai, Microanalysis of Alkali Activated Fly Ash/CH Pastes, Cem. Conc. Res., 32, 963-972 (2002).
  35. J. M. Richardson, J. J. Biernacki, P. Stutzman and D. P. Bentz, Stoichiometry of Slag Hydration in the Presence of Calcium Hydroxide, J. Am. Cer. Soc., 85(4) 947-953 (2002).
  36. 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).
  37. J. J. Biernacki and C. D. Wilson, Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Advanced Materials: A Team-Oriented Inquiry-Based Approach, J. Eng. Ed., 1-4 (October 2001).
  38. J. J. Biernacki and J. B. Ayers, Teaching Cellular Automaton Concepts Through Interdisciplinary Collaborative Learning, Chem. Eng. Ed., 34(4), 204-309, 315 (Fall 2000).
  39. J. J. Biernacki, G. Wotzak, Generation of Silicon Monoxide Gas and Stoichiometry of the C+SiO2 Reaction, J. American Ceramic Society, 72(1) 122-29 (1989).
  40. J. J. Biernacki, G. Wotzak, Thermogravimetric Study of the C+SiO2 Reaction, J. Thermal Analysis, 35 1651-1667 (1989).

 

Submitted and In Review

 

1.      M. Gottapu and J. J. Biernacki, A Multi-Physical Fully Time-resolved Shrinking Core Formalism, Chem. Eng. Sci., in review.

2.      M. Gottapu and J. J. Bierancki, A Multi-constrained Multi-ionic Continuum-based Single Particle Modeling for C3S Hydration, in preparation, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., submitted.

 

In Processes

1.      J. D. Murillo, G. L. Norris, C. P. Bagley and J. J. Biernacki, Local Attitudes and Awareness of Biomass Pyrolysis: A Participatory Study of Conservationists and Stakeholders from Two Upper Cumberland Counties, (manuscript available).

2.      J. D. Murillo, J. J. Biernacki and S. Northrup, Biomass Pyrolysis Kinetics an  Opportunity for Molecular-scale Research: A Review, in preparation (manuscript available).

3.      T. Xie, and J. J. Biernacki, The Hydration of Tricalcium Silicates and the Development of Calcium Silicate Hydration Bulk Density at Early Age, for J. Am. Cer. Soc, in preparation.’

4.      J. D. Murillo, J. J. Biernacki and C. P. Bagley, Comparative Pyrolysis Kinetics of Herbaceous Feedstock, J. Analy. Appl. Pyrol., (manuscript available).

5.      J. D. Murillo, J. J. Biernacki and S. Northrup, High-temperature Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Cellobiose and Maltose, Polymer Degradation and Stability, (manuscript available).

6.      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., (manuscript available).

 

Books, Book Chapters, Manuscripts

  1. J. J. Biernacki, J. W. Bullard, D. Constantiner, M. Juenger, J. H. Cheung, W. Hansen, R. D. Hooton, A. Luttge, and J. Thomas, Paving the Way for a More Sustainable Concrete Infrastructure – A Vision for the Development of a Comprehensive Description of Cement Hydration Dynamics, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in press.
  2. Proceedings of the Indo-U.S. Workshop on High-Performance Cement-Based Concrete Composites, Chennai, India (2005),  Materials Science of Concrete, Special Volume, ed. J. J. Biernacki, S. Gopalakrishnan, N. Lakshmanan and S. P. Shah, ACerS, p. 313 (2005) Westerville, OH.
  3. J. J. Biernacki and L. Walhof, Concrete - An Infrastructure Material, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, p. 72 (1998).
  4. J. J. Biernacki and K. Wang, Cement and Concrete - State of the Art Report on Education, Cements Research Progress, ch. 8, ed. L. J. Struble, pp. 231-256, American Ceramic Society, OH (invited feature chapter for 1997).

Conference Proceedings

  1. 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. 49-58.
  2. J. 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 Comoposites 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, Waraw (2012), pp. 71-89.
  3. J. J. Biernacki, and C. Wilson, Introducing Interdisciplinary Content through Electives, Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver, CA, paper No. 1831, accepted (June 26-29, 2011).
  4. J. J. Biernacki, and C. Wilson, Student teams, a simulation or a real team experience?, Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver, CA, paper No. 1834, accepted (June 26-29, 2011).
  5. J. J. Biernacki, D. P. Visco, E. Thurber, and R. Pavlovski, Using Web Applets to Stimulate Learning, Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver, CA, paper No. 2501, accepted (June 26-29, 2011).
  6. J. J. Biernacki, Experimental Techniques for Multi-Scale Characterization of Mechanical Response in Cement-Based Materials, Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on brittle Matrix Composites, Warsaw, Poland, (25-29 October, 2009).
  7. W. Hansen, Y. Peng, C. Borgnakke and J. J. Biernacki, Pozzolanic Reactivity Index of Supplementary Cementitious Materials in Concrete, Proceedings of the 2008 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Knoxville, TN, in press (2007).
  8. J. J. Biernacki, RUI: Micro- and Meso-Scale Strain in Cement-Based Materials, Proceedings of the 2008 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference, Knoxville, TN, in press (2007).
  9. J. J. Biernacki, A. Vazrala, Interpretation of Sintering Data for Fly Ash, Proceedings of the World of Coal Ash (2007).
  10. J. J. Biernacki, A. Vazrala, H. Sedrick, Economics of Lightweight Aggregate Production form Fly Ash, Proceedings of the World of Coal Ash (2007).
  11. J. J. Biernacki, S. E. Mikel, C. J. Parnham, R. Wang, J. Bai, T. R. Watkins, M. Lance and C. R. Hubbard, Direct Phase-Resolved Strain Measurements in Cementitious Materials, Transport Properties and Concrete Quality, Materials Science of Concrete, Special Volume, Proceedings of the Transport Properties and Concrete Quality Workshop, Arizona State Univesity, Tempe, AZ (October 10-12, 2005), eds., B. Mobashar and J. Skalny (2007) Wiley, NJ.
  12. P. M. Mellacheruvu, S. M. Mahajan, C. L. Carnal and J. J. Biernacki, Application of Fourier and Laplace Transform Techniques for Modeling an Electric Circuit having Time-Varying Components, (2006).
  13. J. J. Biernacki, S. Gopalakrishnan, N. Lakshmanan and S. P. Shah, Indo-US Workshop on High Performance Concrete Composites, accepted, Concrete International (2006).
  14. J. J. Biernacki, et al., Long Lines, Short Tempers, a case study in, Entrepreneurs in Action: A College Wide Cross-Disciplinary Problem-Based Learning Environment for Entrepreneurship, by R. W. Clouse, Proceedings of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Tuscan, Arizona, accepted (January 12-15, 2006).
  15. J. J. Biernacki, S. E. Mikel and R. Wang, Direct Phase-Resolved Strain Measurements in Cementitious Materials, Proceedings of the Workshop on Transport Properties and Concrete Durability, Mesa, Arizona, (October 10-12, 2005) invited.
  16. Y. Peng, W. Hansen, C. Borgnakke and J. J. Biernacki, Hydration Kinetics of Portland Cement Containing Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs), Proceedings, ConMat’05, Construction Materials: Performance, Innovations and Structural Implications, Vancouver, Canada (August 22-24, 2005).
  17. J. J. Biernacki and C. Parnham, Meso-Scale Strain Measurements Using Synchrotron X-Rays, Proceedings of the Workshop on High-Performance Cement-Based Concrete Composites,” Chennai, India, (January 2005).
  18. Y. Peng, W. Hansen, C. Borgnakke and J. J. Biernacki, Hydration Kinetics of Portland Cement Containing Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs), Proceedings of the Workshop on High-Performance Cement-Based Concrete Composites,” Chennai, India, (January 2005).
  19. J. J. Biernacki, The Kinetics of Type-F Fly Ash in the Presence of Calcium Hydroxide, Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Concrete Composites and Structures, 1, 23-34 (2005) invited keynote paper.
  20. J. J. Biernacki, R. Dirrix, K. Menakshisundaram and W. Hansen, Effect of Alkali on the Hydration of Blast Furnace Slag in the Presence of Calcium Hydroxide, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Advances in Concrete Through Science and Engineering, RILEM Spring Meeting (March 21-26, 2004).
  21. Y. Peng, W. Hansen, C. Borgnakke, I. Pane, J. C. Roumain and J. J. Biernacki, Thermo-kinetics of Cement Hydration: Temperature Effect and Activation Energy, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Advances in Concrete Through Science and Engineering, RILEM Spring Meeting (March 21-26, 2004).
  22. J. J. Biernacki, N. Vyas, Modeling of Micro-Electric Field Flow Fractionation, Proceedings of the AIChE Annual Meeting (November 2003).
  23. J. J. Biernacki, J. A. Fry, H. V. Gopisetti and R. R. Watada, Carbon Monoxide Microsensors, Proceedings of the 2002 Annual Meeting of the AIChE (November 2002).
  24. A. Mahatvaraj, N. D. Vora, J. Bush, G. Cunningham, J. J. Biernacki and J. Frolik, Surface Micro-Machined Mirrors Using Simple Floating and Fixed Hinge Designs for Three-Layer Process, proceedings of the ASME Congress 2001 (November 11-16, 2001).
  25. J. J. Biernacki and J. B. Ayers, Interdisciplinary Studies in Multi-Scale Simulation of Concrete Materials - An Experiment in Peer-Oriented Collaborative Learning, Proceedings of the 6th Annual Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Workshop, Northwestern University (July, 1999).
  26. K. Wang, C. Dowding and J. J. Biernacki, Interdisciplinary Team-based Research for Undergraduates, ASEE 1999 Illinois-Indiana Section Conference (1999).
  27. J. J. Biernacki, Concrete - An Infrastructure Material, A Model for Inquiry-Based Learning, Proceedings of the 5th ACBM Faculty Enhancement Workshop, Northwestern University (July, 1998).
  28. J. J. Biernacki, S. P. Shah, Advancing Engineering Education, Proceedings of the 1997 International Conference on Engineering Education (August 14-15, 1997).
  29. J. J. Biernacki, V. Venkateswaran, M. Anderjacek, Scaling Technology for Production of Continuous Ceramic Fiber, proceedings of the 21st Annual Cocoa Beach Conference and Exposition on Composites, Advanced Ceramics, Materials and Structures, ACerS (Jan. 12-16, 1997).
  30. J. J. Biernacki, Y. Shao, L. Walhof, Infrastructure Materials - An Inquiry-based Design Sequence, proceedings of the ASEE 1997 Annual Conference, (June 15-17, 1997).
  31. J. J. Biernacki, C. Dowding, Interdisciplinary Team Research with Undergraduates, proceedings of the ASEE 1997 Annual Conference, (June 15-17, 1997).
  32. J. J. Biernacki, D. A. Lange, Educational Program Highlights the Materials Science Aspects of Concrete, Concrete International, (Dec. 1996).
  33. M. Tenhover, J. J. Biernacki, F. Ko, Engineering-Scale Development of the Vapor-Liquid-Solid (VLS) Process for the Production of Silicon Carbide Fibrils and Linear Fibril Assemblies, proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of Fossil Energy Materials, DOE Office of Fossil Energy Advanced Research and Technology Development, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (May 16-18, 1995).

Presentations

Invited

  1. J. J. Biernacki, The Origins and Evolution of Cement Hydration Models, Ohio University, September 14, 2010.
  2. J. J. Biernacki, An Advanced Single Particle Model for Alite and C3S Hydration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 6, 2010.
  3. J. J. Biernacki, The Origins and Evolution of Cement Hydration Models, Wayne State University, March 31, 2010.
  4. J. J. Biernacki, Direct Phase-Resolved Strain Measurements in Cementitious Materials, University of Tennessee, WebCast Seminar Series, September 7, 2006, (invited), University of Tennessee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Knoxville, TN.
  5. 2006 ASEE, Southeast Section, Thomas C. Evans Award Lecture, best paper, (J. J. Biernacki, A Quantitative Course-level Strategy for Using ABET-based Assessment Outcomes, Chem. Eng. Ed., 39(3) 186-193 (2005)).
  6. Hydration of Fly Ash in the Presence of Calcium Hydroxide, International Conference on Advances in Concrete Composites and Structures (ICACS), invited keynote (January 6-8, 2005).
  7. J. J. Biernacki, S. E. Mikel, C. J. Parnham, R. Wang, J. Bai, T. R. Watkins, M. Lance and C. R. Hubbard, Direct Phase-Resolved Strain Measurements in Cementitious Materials, Transport Properties and Concrete Quality Workshop, October 10-12, 2005, (invited) Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
  8. J. J. Biernacki, Integrating the Materials Science, Engineering and Field Aspects of Concrete, American Concrete Institute, Spring Convention (invited, March 1996).

Others

  1. H. Kayello, D. Visco, and J. J. Biernacki, Computer-aided Molecular Design (CAMD) Using the Signature Molecular Descriptor: Identification of New Admixtures for Concrete, 2nd Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing, ACerS, July 2011.
  2. N. Tadisina, D. Visco, J. J. Biernacki, H. Kayello and N. Shlonimskaya, Searching for Shrinkage reducing Admixtures – A Model-based Approach, 2nd Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing, ACerS, July 2011.
  3. D. Kirby, J. J. Biernacki and R. M. Britton, The Effect of Water on Hydration of Tricalcium Silicate-based Cement, 2nd Advances in Cement-based Materials: Characterization, Processing, Modeling and Sensing, ACerS, July 2011.
  4. J. Murillo, J. J. Biernacki, C. P. Bagley, Multi-scale Study on the Pyrolysis of Sustainable biomass Feedstock, AIChE Annual Meeting, October 2011.
  5. R. Tijaro, M. Oyanader, J. J. Biernacki, An Integrated Curricula Approach to a Great Capstone Lab Experience and Its Potential Implementation in South America, AIChE Annual Meeting, October 2011.
  6. O. Chaudhari, J. J. Biernacki, Leaching Behavior of Hazardous Heavy Metals from Lime Fly Ash Cements, AIChE Annual Meeting, October 2011.
  7. M. Gottapu, J. J. Biernacki, Multi-component Continuum-based Single Particle Model for Tri-Calcium Silicate Hydration, AIChE Annual Meeting, October 2011.
  8. J. J. Biernacki and P. Arce, Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engineering Analysis – An Intial Condition for Teaching Trasnfer Science and Reaction Engineering, AIChE Annual Meeting, October 2011.
  9. J. J. Biernacki, E. Thurber, R. Pavlovski, D. P. Visco, M. Oyanader and H. Stretz, Research Experience for Teachers in Manufacturing for Comptetitiveness in the United States-RetainUS, AIChE Annual Meeting, November 2010.
  10. J. D. Murillo, T. Hughes, P. Ambuken, J. J. Biernacki, and C. P. Bagley,  Comparative Pyrolysis Kinetics for One Legume and Two Grass Hays, AIChE Annual Meeting, November 2010.
  11. N. K. R. Tadisina, D. P. Visco, Jr., J. J. Biernacki, H. Kayello, N. Shlonimskaya,  Prediction of Surface Tension for Dilute Binary Aqueous Systems Using a Molecular Thermodynamic-Based Model, AIChE Annual Meeting, November 2010.
  12. J. J. Biernacki, T. Xie, A Mass Continuity-Based Continuum Mecanical Single Particle Model for Alite/C3S Hydration, American Ceramics Society, Cements Division Annual Meeting, July 2010.
  13. J. J. Biernacki, C. D. Wilson, S. Mahajan, G. T. Cunningham and S. A. Parke, MEMS (Micorelectromechanical Systems) – A Model System of Interdisciplinary Design, AIChE Annual Meeting (2008).
  14. J. J. Biernacki, P. E. Arce, M. Oyanader, I. Carpen and D. P. Visco, Learning to Design Experiments – An Integrated Approach, AIChE Annual Meeting (2008).
  15. J. J. Biernacki, The role of Chemical Engineering in the Sustainable Use of Concrete, AIChE Annual Meeting (2008).
  16. P. Kannan, J. J. Biernacki and D. P. Visco, Kinetics of Thermal Decomposition of Expanded Polystyrene in Different Gaseous Environments, AIChE Annual Meeting (2008).
  17. J. J. Biernacki, T. Xie and W. Hansen, Particle Stimulated Early Age Hydration Kinetics, MS&T/ACerS Annual Meeting (2008).
  18. J. J. Biernacki, and P. Arce, Coaching Students for Improved Team Performance, AIChE Annual Meeting (2007).
  19. P. E. Arce, J. J. Biernacki, I. Carpen, V. Subramanian, A Micro-Macro Transport Sequence for the CHE Curriculum: Role of Scaling, AIChE Annual Meeting (2007).
  20. J. J. Biernacki, Continuous Improvement Across the Curriculum, AIChE Annual Meeting (2007).
  21. J. J. Biernacki, S. E. Mikel, B. Mohr, T. Gnaeupel-Herold and J. Almer, Residual Strain in Hydrating Portland Cement, ACerS Annual Meeting (2007).
  22. J. J. Biernacki, T. Xie, W. Holt, S. E. Mikel, J. Koller, W. Hansen and J. Bai, Multi-Scale Kinetics-Based model for Supplementary Cementitiuos Materials:  Kinetics of Portland Cement and Slag Blended Cement – An Interim Report, ACerS Annual Meeting (2007).
  23. J. J. Biernacki, A. Vazrala, Interpretation of Sintering Data for Fly Ash, World of Coal Ash (2007).
  24. J. J. Biernacki, A. Vazrala, H. Sedrick, Economics of Lightweight Aggregate Production form Fly Ash, World of Coal Ash (2007).
  25. J. J. Biernacki, S. E. Mikel and T. Gnopal-Harold, Determination of Strain States in Ordinary Portland Cement Using Neutron Diffraction, ACerS Annual Meeting, 2006.
  26. J. J. Biernacki, S. E. Mikel and M. Lance, In Situ Micro-Scale Strain Sensing in Cement Using Photo-Stimulated Luminescence Spectroscopy, ACerS Annual Meeting, 2006.
  27. Y. Nouri, W. Hansen, C. Borgnakke and J. J. Biernacki, Hydration Mechanisms and Modeling of Blended Cements in the Presence of Set-Modifying Admixtures, ACerS Annual Meeting, 2006.
  28. J. J. Biernacki, D. P. Visco and P. Arce, Curricular Reform at Tennessee Technological University, AIChE National Meeting, 2006.
  29. J. J. Biernacki and R. Loutzenheiser, Tennessee Technological University Math and Science Partnership, AIChE National Meeting, 2006.
  30. P. Kannan, J. J. Biernacki, and D. P. Visco, Gas Diffusion in Polystyrene Film, AIChE National Meeting, 2006.
  31. P. Kannan, J. J. Biernacki, and D. P. Visco, Diffusion in Polystyrene: a Multi-Scale Approach, AIChE National Meeting, 2006.
  32. P. Arce, J. J. Biernacki, and P. Melton, The Experimental Prototype: Critical Thinking and Real-World Problem Solving in Engineering Education, AIChE National Meeting, 2006.
  33. J. J. Biernacki, R. W. Clouse, G. Cunningham, S. Mahajan and C. Wilson, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) – An Authentic Interdisciplinary Educational Experience, AIChE National Meeting, 2005.
  34. P. M. Mellacheruvu, J. J. Biernacki and S. Mahajan, An Electric Circuit Model for Electric Field Flow Fractionation, AIChE National Meeting, 2005.
  35. J. J. Biernacki, P. M. Mellacheruvu and S. Mahajan, Non-Linear Field Based Modeling of Electric Field Flow Fractionation, AIChE National Meeting, 2005.
  36. J. J. Biernacki and K. Johans, Revisiting Thermoporometry as a Technique for Pore Structure Characterization, ACerS Annul Meeting, 2005.
  37. Y. Peng, W. Hansen, C. Borgnakke and J. J. Biernacki, Hydration Kinetics of Portland Cement Containing Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs), Proceedings, ConMat’05, Construction Materials: Performance, Innovations and Structural Implications, Vancouver, Canada (August 22-24, 2005).
  38. J. J. Biernacki, C. J. Parnham, C. R. Hubbard, T. R. Watkins and J. Bai, Micro- and Meso-Scale Train Measurements in Cement-Based Materials, Denver X-ray Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado (August, 1-5, 2005).
  39. Y. Peng, W. Hansen, C. Borgnakke and J. J. Biernacki, Hydration Kinetics of Portland Cement Containing Supplementary Cementitious Materials, Workshop on High-Performance Cement-Based Concrete Composites, Chennai, India (January 3-5, 2005).
  40. J. J. Biernacki and C. Parnham, Meso-Scale Strain Measurements Using Synchrotron X-Rays, Workshop on High-Performance Cement-Based Concrete Composites, Chennai, India (January 3-5, 2005).
  41. J. J. Biernacki and N. Vyas, Frequency Response in Pulsed Field  Electrical Field Flow Fractionation, AIChE Annual Meeting (November 2004).
  42. J. J. Biernacki and J. M. Richardson, Thermoporosimetry, 106th Annual Meeting of the ACerS (April 2004).
  43. J. J. Biernacki, C. Parnham, T. Watkins, J. Bai and C. Hubbard, Using Synchrotron X-rays to Measure Strain in Cement-Based Materials, 106th Annual Meeting of the ACerS (April 2004).
  44. J. J. Biernacki and C. Wilson, Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Advanced Materials: A Team-oriented Inquiry-based Approach, AIChE Annual Meeting (November 2003).
  45. J. J. Biernacki and N. Vyas, Modeling of Micro Electrical Field-Flow Fractionation, AIChE Annual Meeting (November 2003).
  46. J. J. Biernacki and J. M. Richardson, Characterization of nano-porosity in Cement Using Thermoporosimetry, AIChE Annual Meeting (November 2003).
  47. J. J. Biernacki and V. Dalavaipalle, Theoretical Study of Hydration Kinetics of Individual Phase Components of Portland Cement, 105th Annual Meeting of the ACerS (April 2003).
  48. J. J. Biernacki and J. M. Richardson, Effect of Curing Conditions on Early Age nano- and micro-pore Structure Development, 105th Annual Meeting of the ACerS (April 2003).
  49. J. J. Biernacki, J. A. Fry, H. Gopisetti and R. R. Watada, Carbon Monoxide Microsensors, 2002 Annual Meeting of the AIChE (November 2002).
  50. J. J. Biernacki, P. Kannan, H. Meyer, Kinetics of Borosilicate Glass Deposition, 2002 Annual Meeting of the AIChE (November 2002).
  51. J. J. Biernacki, N. Vyas, G. Cunningham, M. J. M. Wells, Micro Field-Flow-Fractionation, 2002 Annual Meeting of the AIChE (November 2002).
  52. J. J. Biernacki, J. A. Fry, H. Gopisetti and R. R. Watada, Carbon Monoxide Microsensors, 2002 Annual Meeting of the AIChE (November 2002).
  53. J. J. Biernacki, P. Kannan, H. Meyer, Kinetics of Borosilicate Glass Deposition, 2002 Annual Meeting of the AIChE (November 2002).
  54. J. J. Biernacki, N. Vyas, G. Cunningham, M. J. M. Wells, Micro Field-Flow-Fractionation, 2002 Annual Meeting of the AIChE (November 2002).
  55. J. J. Biernacki, P. J. Williams, J. D. York and J. Richardson, An Investigation of Early Age Curing Behavior and Micro-Pore Water Development in Blended Cement Systems, AIChE Annual Meeting (accepted, November 4-9, 2001).
  56. J. J. Biernacki, Applying ABET Criteria to Classroom Level Student Assessment, AIChE Annual Meeting (accepted, November 4-9, 2001).
  57. E. J. Garboczi and J. J. Biernacki, Computational Concrete in the Classroom, ACI Fall Convention (accepted, October 28-November 2, 2001).
  58. J. J. Biernacki, C. D. Wilson and P. J. Williams, Using Materials Engineering as a Basis for Interdisciplinary Activities, ASEE Annual Meeting (June 24-27, 2001).
  59. P. J. Williams, J. J. Biernacki, C. J. Rawn and J. Bai, Using Synchrotron XRD to Monitor CH-Fly Ash Hydration Reaction, ACerS 103rd Annual Meeting (April 22-25, 2001).
  60. P. J. Williams, J. J. Biernacki, C. J. Rawn and L. Walker, Chemistry and Kinetics of CH-Fly Ash Hydration Reaction, ACerS 103rd Annual Meeting (April 22-25, 2001).
  61. J. Richardson and J. J. Biernacki, Slag Hydration in the Presence of Calcium Hydroxide, AIChE 2000 Annual Meeting (November 12-17, 2000).
  62. J. J. Biernacki and P. J. Williams, Simulation of Hydration Responses for Fly Ash Blended Cements, AIChE 2000 Annual Meeting (November 12-17, 2000).
  63. J. J. Biernacki, M. R. Islam, C. G. Schewe, R. Subramanian and M. C. Rogers, Dynamic Simulation and Analysis for Diffusion Furnace Processing, AIChE 2000 Annual Meeting (November 12-17, 2000).
  64. K. B. Mehta and J. J. Biernacki, Evaluation of Lattice Boltzmann Approach for Simulation of Rarefied Gas Flows, 9th Int. Conf. Discrete Flow Sim., Los Alomos National Laboratory (August 21-24, 2000).
  65. J. J. Biernacki and C. D. Wilson, Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Advanced Materials: A team-Oriented Inquiry-Based Approach - Phase I, ASEE 2000 Annual Conference (June 2000).
  66. J. J. Biernacki, Y. Wang, T. Clere and M. Rogers, Towards Development of a Systems Approach to Control, Optimization and Sustained Development of Planar Diffusion, 195th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society (1999).
  67. J. J. Biernacki, Kinetic Study of the Reaction Between Coal Fly Ash and Calcium Hydroxide, 108th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science (November 20, 1998) also ACerS 1999 Annual Meeting with E. Garboczi and K. Snyder (1999).
  68. E. L. Lau and J. J. Biernacki, Modeling the Kinetic and Transport Effect in Pozzolanic Reaction Using Cellular Automata, 109th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science (November 19, 1999).
  69. J. J. Biernacki, E. J. Garboczi, D. Bentz and T. Conway, Kinetic-Based Microstructure Simulations for Blended Cements, ACI Spring Convention (April 1999).
  70. J. J. Biernacki, E. Garboczi and K. Snyder, Kinetic Study of the Reaction Between Coal Fly Ash and Calcium Hydroxide, ACerS 101st Annual Meeting (April 1999).
  71. J. J. Biernacki and K. Wang, Cement and Concrete - State-of-the-Art Report on Education, ACerS 1999 Annual Meeting (1999).
  72. Y. Wang and J. J. Biernacki, Computer Modeling of Planar Diffusion System with Boron Nitride as a Solid Source, 108th Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, poster (November 20, 1998).
  73. J. J. Biernacki, Modeling in Industry - Model Based Process Optimization, Workshop on an Integrated Methodology for the Use of Process Models in Manufacturing, MIT Endicott House (January 1994).
  74. J. J. Biernacki, I. Rupple, Properties and Application of SiC Tube, AIChE National Meeting (November 1992).
  75. J. J. Biernacki, G. Force, Design of a Very-High-Temperature Fluidized Bed Reactor, AIChE National Meeting (October 1989).

Courses Taught

Fall Semesters (date last taught)

Spring Semesters (last taught)

Grants

Current and Past Research Sponsors

Ongoing Funded Activities

·         Principal Investigator, NSF I-Corps: Shrinkage reducing Admixture Business Development, NSF Grant Award No. IIP-14000881, $50,000, with D. P. Visco, University of Akron (December 2013-June 2014).

·         Principal Investigator, PFI-AIR: Technology Translation – Computationally Designed Shrinkage reducing Admixtures for Concrete, NSF Grant Award No. IIP-1343447, $149,999, with D. P. Visoc, Univresity of Akron (August-2013-January 2015).

·         Principal Investigator, SusChEM: Collaboratirve 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

Education

Dissertation: Formation of Silicon Monoxide and ... Growth of ... Silicon Carbide Whiskers

Masters Research: Diffusion in Cobalt ZSM5 Zeolite Catalyst

Contact Information

Joseph J. Biernacki
Tennessee Technological University
Box 5013
Cookeville, TN 38505
phone: 931-372-3667
fax: 931-372-6352
e-mail: jbiernacki@tntech.edu

Professional License

Professional Engineer (PE), State of New York

Professional Service, Outreach and Service to the University

Professional Service

Current and Past Offices Held

 

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REU Opportunities 2014

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Awards and Honors

·         2012 Leighton E. Sissom Innovation and Creativity Award

·         University Distinguished Faculty Fellow (2011-2013)

·         2009 Caplenor Faculty Research Award, for outstanding research scholarship

·         2008 TTU Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award

·         2007 American Concrete Institute (ACI), Fellow

·         2007 ACerS (American Ceramic Society) Profiles in Excellence

·         2006 QEP Award for Innovative Instruction, for integration of laboratory and lecture

·         2007 TTU College of Engineering Brown-Henderson Award, for outstanding Engineering faculty

·         2006 ASEE Corcoran Award, best paper, J. J. Biernacki, A Course-level Strategy for Continuous Improvement, Chem. Eng. Ed., 39(3) 186-193 (2005)

·         2006 ASEE, Southeast Section, Thomas C. Evans Award, best paper, J. J. Biernacki, A Course-level Strategy for Continuous Improvement, Chem. Eng. Ed., 39(3) 186-193 (2005)

·         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)

·         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)

·         2003 Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service (the nomination cited Biernacki’s involvement and dedication to both ACI and the ACerS Cements Division)

·         2002 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))

 

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