Sushil Adhikari


Thermochemical Conversion, Biomass Gasification, Pyrolysis, Algae Liquefaction & Upgrading, Anaerobic Digestion, and Hydrogen Production

Dr. Sushil Adhikari is an Alumni Professor in the Biosystems Engineering Department at Auburn University. He is also the Director for the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts at Auburn University. Adhikari earned his Ph.D. degree from Mississippi State University in Biological Engineering, M.S. degree from Asian Institute of Technology Thailand and B.E. from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.

Adhikari teaches biosystems engineering classes and conducts research related to biofuels and bioproducts, especially in the field of thermochemical conversion. His research efforts are particularly focused on biomass gasification, pyrolysis, algae liquefaction and upgrading, anaerobic digestion (AD) and hydrogen production. Adhikari has published 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and 8 book chapters, and has been cited more than 6800 times.

He has received the Auburn University (AU) President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award (2012), the AU Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Senior Researcher Award (2019), the AU College of Agriculture Dean’s Advising Excellence Award (2015), the AU College of Agriculture Dean’s Grantsmanship Award (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011), and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Director’s Research Award (2011). Adhikari received the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) New Holland Young Researcher Award in 2013 and the Alabama Distinguished Young Agricultural Engineer in 2010. He was also named as “World’s Most Influential Mind” by Thomas Reuters in 2014.

His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Energy (DoE-BETO), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Southeastern SunGrant, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and others. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama.  Contact Sushil.