Akash Narani

Bio-Process/Facilities Engineer

Akash conducts optimization, scale up, and techno-economic studies for all unit operations at ABPDU. Credited with co-inventing a novel process for converting natural plant oils to biofuels and other specialty chemicals, Akash has worked on industrial processes such as metathesis, transesterification, thermochemical conversion and hydrogenation. Akash has several years of experience in the fields of chemical engineering, R&D, biofuels, biomass conversion, energy development, petroleum refinery, and fuel characterization by ASTM protocols.


  • M.S.in Chemical Engineering, SUNY
  • B.E. in Chemical Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Professional Experience

  • Staff Chemical Engineer, LTS Research Laboratories
  • Process Engineer, Montana State University Bioenergy Center

Patents, Awards & Recognition

  • Process of converting natural plant oils to biofuels. US Patent Application 61/973, 518, Filed April 1, 2014

Notable Papers and Publications

  • Evaluation of Biodiesel Derived from Camelina Sativa Oil
  • Carbon Residue Formation of Stressed Biodiesel and Biodiesel Blends
  • Interaction of Cellulose with Aqueous NAOH Solution
  • Evaluation of PetroOxy Test as an Alternative Method to Oil Stability Index for Biodiesel and Biodiesel Blends
  • Alkene Metathesis of Camelina FAME with Supercritical Ethylene

Professional Memberships & Certifications

  • Lean Six Green Belt Certification
  • Director at Large—Public Relations Chair, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Northern California Section, FY 14-15