Rafael Hernandez , Ph.D.

Dr. Hernandez is an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Renewable Fuels and Chemicals Laboratory at the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. 

Rafael Hernandez has a BS (1993) and MS (1995) in chemical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and a PhD (2002) in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University (MSU), Mississippi State, MS.  He worked for the US Army Corp of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center (1994-1997) on the development, design, and implementation of groundwater treatment technologies.  Since 2002 he has worked as an assistant professor in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering in MSU.  His research interests are the use of biomass for producing value-added chemicals and the development of technologies for remediating contaminated media.  Dr. Hernandez has over 60 technical presentations at state and national conferences and over 10 peer reviewed publications.  He is the principal investigator on projects funded by the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and private industries.