Danielle Bellmer, Ph.D.

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center


Research Interests

Bellmer’s research involves production of biofuels from sweet sorghum, biomass gasification and waste utilization for energy production.

“Public opinion plays a role in policy decisions. We need to educate the general public if we hope to gain real support from state decision makers on the importance of biofuels.”

Teaching Responsibilities

Key Publications

Kundiyana, D., D. Bellmer, R. Huhnke, M. Wilkins, P.L. Claypool. 2010. Influence of temperature, pH and yeast on in-field production of ethanol from unsterilized sweet sorghum juice. Biomass and Bioenergy, 34(10): 1481-1486.

Bellmer, D., R. Huhnke, R. Whiteley, C. Godsey. 2010. The untapped potential of sweet sorghum as a bioenergy feedstock. Biofuels 1(4): 563-573.

Bellmer, D., R. Huhnke, and D. Kundiyana. 2008. Issues with in-field fermentation of sweet sorghum juice. ASABE 084828. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, MI.

Suryawati, L., M.R. Wilkins, D.D. Bellmer, R.L. Huhnke, N.O. Maness, I.M. Banat. 2008. Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of Kanlow switchgrass pretreated by hydrothermolysis using Kluveromyces marxianus IMB4. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 101:894-902.

Patil, K.N., R. L. Huhnke, and D. D. Bellmer. 2007. Influence of Internal Baffles on Mixing Characteristics of Biomass in a Fluidized Sand Bed. Agricultural Engineering International: the CIGR Ejournal. EE 06 016. Vol. IX.

Patil, K.N., R.L. Huhnke, and D.D. Bellmer. 2008. Gasification of switchgrass using a unique downdraft reactor. ASABE 084415. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, MI.