Joseph J. Biernacki, DRE
University Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor
Highest Degree University: Cleveland State University
Department: Chemical Engineering
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 312
PO Box: 5013
Cementious Systems • Biofuels Production • Engineering Education
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Doctor of Engineering (DRE), Chemical Engineering, Cleveland State University, 1988
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1980
Honors and Awards
- 2016 American Ceramic Society Brunauer Award for best paper
- 2016 American Ceramic Society Della Roy Lecture
- 2016 Chemical Engineering Education "Top 5" paper recognition
- 2016Tennessee Tech Department of Chemical Engineering, Outstanding Teacher Award
- 2015Tennessee Tech College of Engineering Teacher Scholar Award
- 2014Tennessee Tech College of Engineering Teacher Scholar Award
- 2013Tennessee Tech College of Engineering Teacher Scholar Award
- 2012 Leighton E. Sissom Innovation and Creativity Award
- 2011 University Distinguished Faculty Fellow
- 2011 American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Fellow
- 2009Tennessee Tech Caplenor Research Award
- 2008Tennessee Tech Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
- 2007 American Concrete Institute ( ACI), Fellow
- 2007 ACerS (American Ceramic Society) Profiles in Excellence
- 2007Tennessee Tech College of Engineering Brown-Henderson Award, for outstanding Engineering faculty
- 2006 QEP Award for Innovative Instruction, for integration of laboratory and lecture
- 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)
- 2005Tennessee Tech Dean’s Advisory Board (DAB) Award, Tennessee Tech University
- 2002-2003Tennessee Tech Outstanding Faculty Award for Professional Service
- 2002Tennessee Tech Leighton E. Sissom Innovation and Creativity Award
- 2002Tennessee Tech Kinslow Engineering Research Award
The primary emphasis of my research group is to develop fundamental kinetic and thermophysical data for materials synthesis. Materials in this case are primarily ceramics, but may include composites of ceramics, metals and polymers. While my specific focus changes from project to project, there are several themes: stoichiometry and hydration kinetics of portland cement and supplementary cementitious materials and characterization of the microstructure and transport processes in the same; synthesis kinetics and associated transport processes of ceramic materials; and kinetics of synthesis and degradation of organic materials, particularly at high temperatures, e.g. biomass pyrolysis.
- J. J. Biernacki, J. W. Bullard, G. Sant, K. Brown, F. P. Glasser, S. Jones, T. Ley, R. Livingston8, L. Nicoleau, J. Olek, F. Sanchez5, R. Shahsavari11, 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).
- J. 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 (2017).
- J. J. Biernacki, The Degrees of Freedom Concept – Extending the Domain, Chem. Eng. Ed., 20(2), 114-124 (2016).
- M.Gottapu and J. J. Bierancki, A Multi-ionic Continuum-Based Model for C3S Hydration, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 98(10), 3029-3041 (2015).
- 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).
- J. D. Murillo, J. J. Biernacki and S. Northrup, High-temperature Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Cellobiose and Maltose, AIChEJ., 61(8), 2562-2570 (2015).
- 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 (2015).
- B. Agee, D. Swartling, and J. J. Biernacki,Wolff-Kishnerreduction Reactions Using a Solar Irradiation Heat Source and a Green Solvent System, Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews,7 (4), 283-392 (2014).
- 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).
- N. Shlonimskaya, J. J. Biernacki, H. M. Kayello and D. P.VisocJr., 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., 97 (2) 365-377 (2014).
- H. M. Kayello, N. K. R. Tadisina, N.Shlonimskaya, J. J. Biernacki and D. P. VisocJr., 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., 97 (2), 378-385 (2014).
Recent Courses Taught
- CHE 4410 (F2016) - Chemical Engineering Design I
- CHE 4420 (S2017) - Chemical Engineering Design II
- CHE 4790 (S2017) Special Topics in Gel Science