Assistant professor of chemical engineering Bryan Berger has been awarded a National Innovation Award at TechConnect World, the world’s largest multi-disciplinary multi-sector conference and marketplace of vetted innovations, innovators and technology business developers and funders. The TechConnect World conference is held in conjunction with the National Innovation Summit and Showcase. In support of the White House and Congressional calls for innovation commercialization initiatives, the Showcase celebrates the Nation's top innovations supported through federal funding programs.
Berger’s award is for his efforts in "Scalable Biosurfactant Synthesis." This method enables engineering of biosurfactants for specific applications through screening and selection from cell culture as well as simplifies downstream recovery and purification steps after synthesis. This invention provides for scalable, constitutive expression, and can be tailored to biomedical, food, cosmetics, materials, energy or other key applications.
Berger, who joined the Lehigh faculty in 2010, earned a Ph.D. from University of Delaware in 2006, and a B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999, both in chemical engineering. He is also affiliated with Lehigh's Bioengineering program.