Dr. Eunsung Kan


Associate Professor – Sustainable agriculture, water and energy

Ph.D. in Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of California at Riverside, 2005


Dr. Kan’s homepage for detailed information: https://sites.google.com/site/eunsungkan/

E-mail: eunsung.kan@ag.tamu.edu

Phone: 254-968-4144

Fax: 254-965-3759


Dr. Eunsung Kan has joined Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Stephenville in 2016. Prior to current position he worked at several universities, US Environmental Protection Agency and the private sectors for 16 years in the fields of bioenergy, water treatment, greenhouse gas control and bioprocesses. His primary interest lies in sustainable agriculture, water and energy (food-water-energy NEXUS) including conversion of wastes/wastewater to biofuels, reuse of wastewater for agricultural and energy production, energy efficient water treatment, and CO2 capture.



  • Associate Professor, 2016 – Present: Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Stephenville; Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University at College Station;  Joint appointment with Tarleton State University
  • Assistant Professor, 2012 – 2016: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Molecular Bioscience and Bioengineering, Honolulu Hawaii
  • Biochemical Research Engineer, 2011– 2012: Coskata Inc. (bioenergy company), Warrenville Illinois
  • Assistant Professor, 2008 – 2011: Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
  • Postdoctoral research associate, 2006 – 2008: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ada, Oklahoma
  • Research Scientist, 1995 – 2000: Hansol Paper Company, Seoul, Korea



  • Production of biofuels, bioproducts and biomaterials from dairy and agricultural wastes
  • Removal of contaminants (i.e., nitrogen, phosphorus, antibiotics) from dairy and agricultural wastewater
  • Reuse of wastewater for agricultural irrigation and energy production
  • Capture and conversion of greenhouse gases to valuable products



  • Production of biofuels from various wastes
  • Biodiesel from fungal fermentation and microalgae
  • Bioethanol from syngas fermentation of agricultural wastes
  • Biohydrogen/biogas from food and agricultural wastes
  • Treatment of emerging contaminants (i.e., endocrine disruptors, pharmaceutical compounds, pathogens) via biochar, novel photocatalysts, biocatalysts and heterogeneous advanced oxidation
  • Treatment and reuse of paper mill wastewater by integrated biological and advanced oxidation processes for “zero liquid discharge”
  • In-situ remediation of groundwater
  • Biological VOC control, CO2 capture and H2S removal from flue gas, biogas and industrial waste gases


SELECTED PUBLICATION (* is the corresponding author)

Kim JR, Kan E*. 2016. Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole in water using a biochar-supported TiO2 photocatalyst. Journal of Environmental Management, 180: 94–101.

Watson SK, Han Z, Su WW, Deshusses MA, Kan E*. 2016. Carbon dioxide capture using Escherichia coli expressing carbonic anhydrase in a foam bioreactor. Environmental Technology 37: 3186-3192.

Hoh DH, Watson SK, Kan E*. 2016. Algal biofilm reactors for integrated wastewater treatment and biofuel production: a review. Chemical Engineering Journal, 287: 466 – 473.

Kim JR, Huling SG, Kan E*. 2015. Effects of temperature on adsorption and oxidative degradation of bisphenol A in a surface modified iron-amended granular activated carbon. Chemical Engineering Journal, 262: 1260-1267.

Kim JR, Kan E*.  2015. Heterogeneous photo-Fenton oxidation of methylene blue using CdS-carbon nanotube/TiO2 under visible light. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.  21: 644-652.

Cleveland V, Bingham JP, Kan E*.  2014.  Heterogeneous Fenton Degradation of Bisphenol A by Carbon Nanotube-supported Fe3O4. Separation and Purification Technology, 133:388-395.

Kan E*. 2013. Effects of pretreatment of anaerobic sludge and culture conditions on hydrogen productivity in dark anaerobic fermentation. Renewable Energy, 49: 227–231.

Huling SG, Kan E, Wingo C, Park SH. 2012. Pilot study of Fenton-driven regeneration of MTBE-spent granular activated carbon. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 205/206: 55-62.

Kan E, Huling SG. 2009.  Effects of temperature and acidic pre-treatment on Fenton-driven oxidation of MTBE-spent granular activated carbon. Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (5): 1493-1499.

Kan E, Deshusses MA. 2008. Modeling of the foamed emulsion bioreactor for air pollution control. I. Model development and experimental validation.  Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 99: 1096-1106.

Kan E, Deshusses MA. 2008. Modeling of the foamed emulsion bioreactor for air pollution control. I. Model development and experimental validation.  Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 99: 1096-1106.

Kan E, Deshusses MA. 2006.  Cometabolic degradation of TCE vapors in a foamed emulsion bioreactor. Environmental Science and Technology, 40: 1022 -1028.

Kan E, Deshusses MA. 2005.  Continuous operation of foamed emulsion bioreactors treating toluene vapors. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 92: 364-371.

Kan E, Deshusses MA. 2003. Development of foamed emulsion bioreactor for air pollution control. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 84:240-244.

Kan E, Yoon CH. 1997. The economical review of paper mill effluent treatment by advanced oxidation process. Chemical Industry & Technology, 15: 533-537.

Kan E, Park CB, Lee SB. 1997. Optimization in culture conditions of hyperthermophilic Sulfolobus solfataricus. Korean Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 12: 121-126.

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