University of Florida Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Engineered Biochar for Environmental Sustainability

Trash to Treasure


Biochar for Waste Reclamation


Biochar, also known as “agrichar” or “biomass-derived black carbon”, is a charcoal produced from carbon-rich material. Recent advance in the biochar technologies makes it possible to turn some of solid wastes (trashes) into value-added biochar and bioenergy (treasures). This project is designed to evaluate the environmental, social, and economic benefit of using carbon-rich solid wastes for the production of biochar and bioenergy.



MicroscopeGeneration I Reactor
MicroscopeGeneration II Reactor
MicroscopeGeneration III Reactor
MicroscopeBiochar and Bio-Oil


Selected Publications

  • Inyang, M. B. Gao, P. Pullammanappallil, W. Ding, and A.R. Zimmerman. 2010. Biochar from Anaerobically Digested Sugarcane Bagasse, Bioresource Technology, 101 (22): 8868-72 doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.06.088


Drs. Pratap Pullammanappallil (UF) and Andy Zimmerman (UF).