Mr. Somnath Shinde

San Francisco

Qualification - PhD


About -

Ph.D. (Tech) Bioprocess Technology:  Institute Of Chemical Technology

Postdoctoral Researcher at Sandia National Laboratories


-Upgrading biomass to fuels and chemicals through process design for biomass pretreatment, biomass hydrolysate saccharification and fermentation, and scale-up

-Fermentation process optimizations and scale up for biofuels and value added chemicals

-Enzymatic process development in fine chemicals, flavors, food processing industries, chiral drug resolution, drugs and intermediate synthesis using immobilized enzyme systems.

-Biomass and lignin characterization using different analytical tools such as NMR, FTIR, GPC, XRD, GCMS, HPLC, HPAEC, SEM, etc

Specialties: Biomass fractionation/pretreatment; Fermentation process development, Biopolymer characterization, Data analysis, Design of experiments (DoE)


  • Cooperative Valorization of Lignin and Residual Sugar to Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) for Enhanced Yield and Carbon Utilization in Biorefineries
  • Codesign of Combinatorial Organosolv Pretreatment (COP) and Lignin Nanoparticles (LNPs) in Biorefineries
  • Defining lignin nanoparticle properties through tailored lignin reactivity by sequential organosolv fragmentation approach (SOFA)
  • Rapid pretreatment of Miscanthus using the low-cost ionic liquid triethylammonium hydrogen sulfate at elevated temperatures
  • Pre-Senescence Harvest of Switchgrass Inhibits Xylose Utilization by Engineered Yeast
  • Recent advances in understanding the pseudo-lignin formation in a lignocellulosic biorefinery
  • Synergistic maximization of the carbohydrate output and lignin processability by combinatorial pretreatment
  • Kinetic resolution of (R,S)-alpha tetralol catalyzed by crosslinked Candidaantarctica lipase B enzyme supported on mesocellular foam: A nanoscale enzyme reactor approach
  • Insight into microwave assisted immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B catalyzed kinetic resolution of RS-(±)-ketorolac
  • Insight into Microwave-Assisted Lipase Catalyzed Synthesis of Geranyl Cinnamate: Optimization and Kinetic Modeling.
  • Process intensification of immobilized lipase catalysis by microwave irradiation in the synthesis of 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) esters
  • Microwave Irradiated Immobilized Lipase Catalyzed Synthesis of Alkyl Benzoate Esters by Transesterification: Mechanism and Kinetic Modeling
  • Kinetic modeling and optimization of immobilized Candida antarctica lipase B catalysed synthesis of butyl-4-methyl-3-oxopentanoate using response surface methodology
  • Statistical media optimization for lutein production from microalgae Auxenochlorella protothecoides SAG 211-7a
  • Synergism of microwave irradiation and immobilized lipase catalysis in synthesis of 4,8-dimethylnon-7-en-1yl (2E)-3-phenylpro-2-enolate

Fellowships, Awards and Scholastic Achievements

  • honor description2018: A story on our switchgrass harvest article highlighted on DOE office of Science website (
  • 2018: Pseudo-lignin article selected as the ‘Article of the month’ in Celignis May Newsletter, Ireland. (
  • 2018: ‘Green Chemistry journal cover page coverage’ for the pseudo-lignin review article (!divAbstract)
  • 2017-18: “Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing” for Biochemical Engineering journal (April 2017) and Process Biochemistry journal (August 2018), Elsevier publication
  • 2011: “Shri. G. M. Abhyankar Research Paper Presentation Award 2011” for paper presentation at International Conference NHBT-2011
  • 2010: M H Shukla-IIChE, 2nd Prize for the Best Technical Paper presented at CHEMCON 2010
  • 2009-2013: University Grant Commissions- Senior Research Fellowship (UGC-SAP) for meritorious students awarded by Government of India.
  • 2008: Department of Biotechnology’s Junior Research Fellowship 2008 fellowship at DBT-ICT center for Energy Biosciences, Mumbai awarded by Government of India.
  • 2006-08: Meritorious Scholarships Awarded by J. R. D. Tata Trust