Frederick C. Michel Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
The Ohio State University
Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
1680 Madison Ave.
Wooster, OH
USA 44691

Biographical Sketch:
Frederick Michel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University. Before coming to OSU, he was a Postdoctoral Scientist at the NSF Center for Microbial Ecology. In 2006 he was a visiting research scientist at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His research focuses on scalable processes for the recovery and purification of natural rubber from Taraxacum kok soghyz (TKS) roots to meet rubber industry purity standards. An important aspect of this research is developing value added co-products, like food grade inulin to improve economic viability. He has over 50 peer review publications in this and other areas related to biosystems engineering.

16 Compositional Analysis of Taraxacum kok-saghyz Roots, an Alternative Source of Natural Rubber