Faculty - Hanna

Milford Hanna

Dr. Milford A. Hanna, Professor Emeritus
Kenneth E. Morrison Professor
Director, Industrial Agricultural Products Center
Biological Systems Engineering
211 L. W. Chase Hall
Office: 402-472-1413

Current Research

  • Value-added process engineering
  • Investigations of changes in starches, proteins and lipids and their interactions as a result of high-temp, short-time extrusion cooking
  • Uses of agricultural commodities in applications such as starch-based "plastic" polymers
  • Uses of vegetable oils and animal fats in biofuel and lubricant applications
  • Extrusion processes for production of levulinic acid, microcrystalline cellulose and modified starches
  • Use of plant residues and other waste streams for biopower generation

Recent Publications

Fernando, S. and M.A. Hanna. 2005. Design and development of a threshing chamber and pneumatic conveying and cleaning units for soybean harvesting. Trans. of the ASAE. JSN 13608.

Fernando, S. and M.A. Hanna. 2005. Biodiesel as an amphipile in E-diesel and phase behavior of EB-diesel microemulsion systems. Trans. of the ASAE. Submitted 2/24/04. PM-05215-2004.R1. Accepted 5/13/05. JSN 14507.

Ganjyal, G., M.A. Hanna and D.S.K. Devadattam. 2005. Processing of sapota (sapodilla): Powdering. J. Food Technology. 3(3):326-330. JSN 14650.

Guan, J.J. and M.A. Hanna. 2005. Selected morphological and functional properties of extruded starch-cellulose foams. Bioresource Tech. Accepted 9/13/04. JSN 14732.

Guan, J., K. Eskridge and M. A. Hanna. 2005. Acetylated starch-polylactic acid loose-fill packaging materials. Industrial Crops and Products. 22(2):109-123. JSN 14257.

Kim, K.M., J.A. Ko, J.S. Lee, H.J. Park and M.A. Hanna. 2005. Effect of modified atmosphere package on the shelf life of coated, whole and sliced mushrooms. Food Science and Technology/LWT. In press 3/15/05. JSN 14614.

Book Chapters

Fang, Q., M.A. Hanna and Y. Lan. 2003. Extrusion System Components. Chapter in Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food and Biological Engineering (Chapter)

Bhatnagar, S and M. Hanna. 2003. Centrifugation. Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food and Biological Engineering (Chapter).

Gennadios, A., C.L. Weller and M.A. Hanna. 2000. Edible films and coatings. Pages 579-584 in The Wiley Encyclopedia of Food Science and Technology, 2nd Edition. F.J. Francis, ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, NY.

Park, H.J., J.W. Rhim, C.L. Weller, A. Gennadios and M.A. Hanna. 2000. Films and coatings from proteins of limited availability. In Protein Films and Coatings. A. Gennadios, ed.

Gennadios, A., C.L. Weller, and M.A. Hanna. 1999. Edible films and coatings. The Wiley Encyclopedia of Food Science and Technology, 2nd Edition. Wiley Publ. Co., Inc.

Gennadios, A., C. Cezeirat, C.L. Weller, and M.A. Hanna. 1998. Emulsified soy protein-lipid films. Chapter 15 in Paradigm for Successful Utilization of Renewable Resources. D.J. Sessa and J.L. Willett, eds. Amer. Oil Chemists' Soc., pp. 213-226.

Ghorpade, V.M., M.A. Hanna, and S.J. Jadhav. 1998. Sweet Corn. Chapter 27, pp.609-646. Handbook of Vegetable Science and Technology - Production, Com-position, Storage and Processing. D.K. Salunkhe and S.S. Kadam, editors. Marcel Dekker, Inc, New York, NY.

Ghorpade, V.M. and M.A. Hanna. 1997. Industrial applications for levulinic acid. Chapter 7, pp. 49-55. Cereals - Novel Uses and Processes. Edited by G.M. Campbell, C. Webb and S.L. McKee. Plenum Press, New York, NY.

Ghorpade, V.M., M.A. Hanna, and S.S. Kadam. 1996. Apricots. Chapter in Handbook of Fruits and Vegetables: Production, Storage and Processing. Vol. 1. D. Salunkhe and S.S. Kadam (Editors). Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York, NY.


Ali, Y., V. Ghorpade, R. Weber and M.A. Hanna. 2004. A Method for Mulching an Agricultural Soil Bed using a Biodegradable Protein Material and a Mulched Agricultural Crop Growing Plot Produced Thereby. Patent Number 6,672,001 issued on 1/6/04.

.A. Hanna, G.D. Biby and V. Miladinov. 2001. Production of microcrystalline cellulose from agricultural residues via reactive extrusion. Patent No. 6,228,213. Issued 5/08/01.

G.D. Biby, M.A. Hanna and Q. Fang. 2001. Water-resistant degradable foam and method of making the same. Patent No. 6,184,261. Issued Feb. 6, 2001.

V. Ghorpade and M.A. Hanna. 1999. Method and Apparatus for Production of Levulinic Acid via Reactive Extrusion. U.S. Patent No. 5,859,263.

R. Chinnaswamy and M.A. Hanna. 1996. Biodegradable Polymers. Patent No. 5,496,895. Issued 3/5/96.